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Arsenal star Bukayo Saka admits being England’s Mr Versatile can get tough despite shining in win over Austria


BUKAYO SAKA admits being England’s Mr Versatile can get tough – despite shining for the Three Lions and firing them to victory over Austria.

Saka, 19, scored his first senior international goal to seal the win and stake a claim for involvement when the Euros start next weekend.

Bukayo Saka scored his first England goal against Austria

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Bukayo Saka scored his first England goal against AustriaCredit: Ryan Browne-The Guardian

The Arsenal star also ended up playing in three different positions to suit Gareth Southgate’s tactics and substitutions at the Riverside, to show just how capable he is as a footballer.

But the teenager admits constantly switching roles can cause problems and he needs the help of senior players to make sure he stays switched on.

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Saka said: “It’s not easy all the time, you know.

“The information I get from the coaching staff and the players makes things much easier – all the communication from the more experienced players around me like Kieron Trippier, Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, making sure I’m where I need to be.

“I feel like any time I played for England I’ve really enjoyed myself because of the quality and the top players you have around.

“Things feel good, things flow, I always feel like I can I can express myself and I think I did that.

“I can learn a bit from everyone, there’s so much different quality players especially in attack but even in the midfield and defence you know there’s so much experience I can take from everyone to try to speak to everyone and get some advice from them.”

At such a young age Saka has already become integral to his side at club level – so much so he made 49 appearances for Arsenal over the course of their long season.

But he dismisses any fears he will be suffering burnout by having to continue on into the Euros this summer.

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Sakak added: “It was really important that they gave us a time off before we met up for the internationals.

“I had a good five days to really relax.

“I think that’s really helped me in terms of recharging my batteries and gave me the energy back that I need to go and go and push and give my all for this tournament when I’m needed.”

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