After his emotional comeback to Wembley against Andorra, Gareth Southgate feels Bukayo Saka will realize how popular and supported he is.
Saka scored a goal on his 20th birthday, marking his first England appearance on home soil since his heartbreaking Euro 2020 exit. Saka’s late header, which came after an earlier assist for Jesse Lingard, drew the greatest applause of the day, as the winger was swarmed by his teammates.
And it occurred after his name was called and every early touch was applauded, with his, Marcus Rashford’s, and Jadon Sancho’s faces on a banner of support from England supporters. After failing to convert their penalties in England’s final loss to Italy in July, the trio was told to ‘walk tall’ after receiving racist abuse.
‘I had to catch up with him a couple of days ago,’ Southgate said of speaking with Saka in the build-up to the game ahead of his return to Wembley.
‘I suppose I was mindful coming back to Wembley, but really I just emphasised what he will now recognise from the reception he got from the crowd, that my thoughts of him when I look at the summer are all positive.
Source: Daily Mail