‘Doing amazing things’: Arsenal’s Saka full of praise for England teammate

Matthew Chivers November 11, 2020
‘Doing amazing things’: Arsenal’s Saka full of praise for England teammate
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Arsenal and England’s Bukayo Saka has encouraged Jude Bellingham to “keep being fearless” as the Borussia Dortmund teenager closes in on a possible full England debut, as reported by the Belfast Telegraph.

The 17-year-old, who moved to Dortmund from Birmingham City in the summer, has been called up to the England senior squad for the first time.

Manager Gareth Southgate selected Bellingham after Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Ward-Prowse withdrew from the squad with injuries.

Saka excited for Bellingham

Bellingham could become England’s third-youngest player if he plays in any of England’s matches this month.

England take on the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Thursday night. They then have a UEFA Nations League qualifier in Belgium on Sunday. That will be followed by a tie against Iceland on Wednesday, 18 November, with the venue yet to be decided.

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Saka, who is only 19 himself and a relative newcomer to the England squad, said of Bellingham: “I don’t think he needs a lot of advice.

“He is doing amazing things. He is playing for Borussia Dortmund and I saw him the other weekend come on against Bayern Munich so he is doing big things.

“He is doing really well so my advice is just to keep going and keep being fearless. Because, as long as he keeps playing with no fear and showing his talent, I think he can go far.

“I played with him last month when we went to the England Under-21s and I was very impressed with him.”

Inspiration for Arsenal

Since making his debut against Fulham in January 2019, Saka has become a key player in Arsenal’s first team.

In 53 appearances for Arsenal he has scored five goals and provided 13 assists. He has scored one goal this season, against Sheffield United.

First-team manager Mikel Arteta has used Saka on the left and right sides of midfield, highlighting the youngster’s versatility.

Saka’s progress earned him an England call-up in October. He made his debut when he started in the 3-0 win against Wales at Wembley.

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Graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2019, and has since become a qualified NCTJ journalist, studying at News Associates in Manchester.