The Arsenal youngster has scored the final goal of his country’s 4-0 victory after returning to Wembley for the first time since the final defeat of Euro 2020
English youngster Bukayo Saka was overwhelmed on Sunday with his birthday goal at Wembley as the three Lions cut short Andorra to continue the perfect start of qualifying for the World Cup.
Gareth Southgate’s men won 4-0 in a one-sided match, with Jesse Lingard equalizing twice and Harry Kane scoring the penalty before Saka scored the final goal of the afternoon.
It was a happy day for the Arsenal star, whose last experience at Wembley turned out to be a nightmare.
What was said?
Saka was one of three English players who missed penalties during the clash in July when Italy defeated the host for the Euro 2020 title.
The Arsenal man received an exciting reception on his return to Wembley, which made him feel good after the abuse he received after the final.
“The perfect birthday present for me. I’m really glad we won and I can celebrate my birthday with it,” he said. ITV.
“I’m very happy about the reception everyone gave me, it shows how proud they are of me and it meant a lot. It means a lot, it really made a difference for me. Even now I can hear fans who sing my name, it means everything to me that I know they support me.
‘This is what I dream about, playing at Wembley in front of my family and the crowd and scoring on my 20th birthday.
England boast a perfect 15 points from 15 so far in Group I of the UEFA qualifying competition, nine points ahead of nearest rivals Albania.
After the match, Southgate, boss of England, admitted that he was also excited about the treatment Saka received from the pitch.
“He got a great reception before the game and during the game. It’s great; you can see how popular he is with the team, too,” Southgate said. ITV. “I hope the closure would be necessary, but I do not think there is a player in the locker room who thinks anything but positively about what he has been doing all summer.”