Bukayo Saka scored two goals and added an assist for the England u19s on Wednesday, making his first start at that level internationally.
Saka made his debut as a substitute for the England u19s in November, after strong early-season form for the Arsenal u23s. Despite only appearing from the bench for eight minutes, he scored his first goal for the side to top off a 4-0 win.
Since then, the young winger has made his first-team Arsenal debut and his first start at the Emirates Stadium, whilst continuing to score and assist regularly for the Gunners’ academy. As a result, he got his first start for the England u19s against the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
It didn’t take long for the 17-year-old to add another goal to his u19 tally, scoring within 11 minutes. He then provided an assist for Conor Gallagher just after half-time, before scoring his second of the game in the 56th minute.
In total, that makes it three goals and one assist in 101 minutes for Saka in the England u19s. Not a bad record at all for someone who could still be playing one or two age groups below, given he doesn’t even turn 18 until September. The teenager’s next chance to feature will be on Saturday at 2pm, when the England u19s face Greece.