Luke Shaw says everyone in the England camp loves Bukayo Saka, and it’s good to have someone like the Arsenal teenager around.
Bukayo Saka has settled in with the England squad excellently over the past year, both on and off the pitch. Since his international debut in October, no one in the England camp has had a bad word to say about the 19-year-old.
By unfortunate coincidence, one England player who hadn’t really got to know Saka before last month was Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. Shaw was absent in October and November when Saka was called up, then Saka was injured in March when Shaw was back in.
But just like everyone else, Shaw is now singing Saka’s praises to the media.
“Honestly, I love him,” Shaw said. “I would just love it if he was my child or something. I love him like that and you could ask anyone in the squad and they would say how nice a guy he honestly is.
“I didn’t know him before I came to the camp and I didn’t know what he would be like but I have got on so well with him, I would love him to be my brother.
“He is so cool, so funny and he makes everyone laugh and he doesn’t mean it. He is not a loud person, it is just the way he is, the way he speaks.
“Someone like that in the camp is good to have and he gets everyone laughing and we just all love him and appreciate the way he is.”
The big bonus for England is that Saka has been having just as much of a positive impact on the pitch lately.
He scored and won England’s Player of the Match award in a pre-Euros friendly against Austria, before winning UEFA’s Star of the Match award in his first start at the tournament in the win over the Czech Republic.
That earned him a start against Germany, where Alan Shearer called him England’s best player in the first half.
Though he came off midway through the second for the impressive Jack Grealish, he’s likely still in with a shot for a start in the upcoming rounds – as England may well return to a back four and name both Saka and Grealish in the side.