Gareth Southgate names the English star he would be happy to date for his daughter | Soccer


Gareth Southgate’s England side are back in the Nations League game against Italy tonight (Picture: Getty)

Gareth Southgate has named Bukayo Saka and the member of his England squad he would like to bring home from his daughter.

That The Arsenal winger has enjoyed a stratospheric rise over the past two years, cementing his place as a regular at Arsenal and England.

Saka handled the heartbreak of missing the crucial penalty in last summer’s Euro 2020 final against Italy with impressive dignity, even given the racial slurs he suffered on social media.

Bukayo Saka has experienced a meteoric rise over the past year

Bukayo Saka has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past year (Image: Getty)

The 20-year-old bounced back from that blow to put in his most prolific season in an Arsenal shirt and is reportedly a target of both Manchester City and Liverpool.

Arsenal remain confident they will tie their academy graduate to a new long-term deal with the promise of a substantial pay rise, but Saka’s immediate focus remains on ending his season with England on a high.

Asked if he was surprised at how Saka has handled triumph and adversity, Southgate said: “I don’t know if it’s a surprise because he’s like that. He has brilliant support and a great family.

“His value was brilliant with him and it was here that he immediately felt the love of the players and staff.

“That will have helped him in the immediate aftermath. He’s a fantastic talent. He’s one who might be underestimated because his profile doesn’t quite match that of some of our other offensive players.

“He’s just quietly going about his work but I think you see the consistency in his performances and the quality of his game.

“He scores goals, he makes goals and he defends for the team. He’s a fabulous kid. If your daughter brings Bukayo home, you would be more than happy.”

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