Bukayo Saka was at the centre of celebrations as England celebrated their ticket into the Euro 2020 final having beaten Denmark 2-1.
The Arsenal winger was thrown back into Gareth Southgate’s starting XI and made his third start of the tournament before icing the cake by assisting the Three Lions’ opening goal.
Saka was then brought off the field in replacement of Jack Grealish with just over 20 minutes to go, however, this did not stop the 19-year-old living up to his very likeable and ‘class clown’ character among the squad.
After the final whistle, Saka was pictured being hoisted into the air by substitutes Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady as fans rushed to Twitter as they showed their appreciation for the youngster’s performances this summer.
One user, @KroenkeHive, in reply to Saka’s tweet of him being carried around like a king said: “I’ve never wanted to see a player succeed as much as I do for this guy. A legend in the making!”
Meanwhile, another, @MartinCoxGTS, said: “You young man are a credit to your parents, to your club and to your country…. and I wish you were my son!!!”
Since the European Championships commenced, the Arsenal star’s reputation as a massive character grew among the squad, despite having made his Three Lions debut in October 2020.
Speaking to the England YouTube channel, Luke Shaw admitted his admiration for Saka having not known what to expect from the teenager.
Shaw said: “Honestly, I love him. I would just love it if he was my child. I love him like that. I feel that you could ask anyone in the squad that and they would say the same thing, about what a good guy he is.”
Manchester United’s left-back continued before revealing how he did not know what to expect from Saka having never spoken to him prior to the Euro 2020 camp.
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“I didn’t know him before I came to the camp,” Shaw added. “I didn’t know what he would be like but I’ve got on so well with him.
“I would love him to be my brother. He’s so cool, he’s so funny. He makes everyone laugh – and he doesn’t mean it. He’s not a loud person but the way he is and the way he speaks is so funny. Someone like that in the camp is good to have and he gets everyone laughing. We all love him and appreciate the way he is.”