Bukayo Saka stole the show for England, and one publication in Germany was taken with how the Arsenal youngster has completely outshone Jadon Sancho.
Jadon Sancho could make a massive money move this summer but after Bukayo Saka was handed his first Euro 2020 minutes, it was the Arsenal kid everybody was going giddy over.
Before the game, there were rumblings of discontent from England fans that Saka had been picked to start. By the end, there were only ravings for the Man of the Match.
Special to play and win this trophy with my family in the stadium tonight ❤️ Most importantly we got the three points and topped the group ! Now onto the knockout stages 👀 pic.twitter.com/bpy3cMyxVY
— Bukayo Saka (@BukayoSaka87) June 22, 2021
Sport1 noted in their headline that the ‘Arsenal boy outstripped Sancho,’ before adding, “In England’s win against the Czech Republic on matchday three of the 2021 European Championship, a Three Lions teenager played in the spotlight. Not good news for Jadon Sancho.”
They didn’t stop there.
“Instead of the BVB star, Southgate relied on a 19-year-old from Arsenal FC, who was only playing his fifth international match for the Three Lions: Bukayo Saka. So far, like Sancho, he had not been on the pitch for a minute of the tournament. And the native Londoner repaid Southgate’s trust in full.” They then went on to list all the things Saka did, particularly in the first half.
Sport1 followed this up by including Saka’s teammates and manager raving about him before the player himself saying, “He [Southgate] just told me to go out and play my game and express myself like I’ve done at my club all season.
“Sometimes that means dropping yourself and walking towards your opponent. I did that, it brought us forward.”
Sport1 close out their article saying, “After this performance, he [Saka] should have slid significantly up in the internal ranking. Much to Sancho’s chagrin. The signs that the BVB star will still play a major role in this tournament have continued to decline since Tuesday evening.
“Because after Saka’s performance, nobody spoke of him anymore.”