Bukayo Saka reflected on the indescribable day of his World Cup debut on Monday by professing his delight at the result and desire to give everything for England.

DOHA, QATAR: Bukayo Saka of England celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 202. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR: Bukayo Saka of England celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 2022. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Bukayo Saka was named the official Man of the Match in England’s opening group win over Iran on Monday, after scoring two goals for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Speaking to the media after the game, Saka admitted it was an amazing moment for him, crediting the support from fans, staff, and teammates for his current success.

“I can’t describe the feeling, you know,” Saka said. “It’s amazing, I’m so happy, I’m so proud and we got the win as well so it’s just a really, really, special day.

“We needed that good start, you know? We didn’t play the best coming into this tournament, so there was a lot of talk and speculation about our form.

“We showed everyone today how much quality we have and what we can do.

“It’s amazing to get the win in the end…but we know we have to be consistent because we have the next game coming up in a few days and we have to win again.

“I feel like I’m in a good place. I have the support from the fans, you know, I really feel the love from the fans and from the coaching staff and from my teammates and that’s all I need.

“I feel good and I’m ready to give 100%. I gave that today and I’ll continue to do that every time I put the shirt on.”

England's Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 21, 2022. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
England’s Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 21, 2022. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Saka has given himself every chance of further England starts in the coming group games, as his team take on the United States on Friday, followed by Wales next Tuesday.

There were no guarantees going into the tournament over whether Saka would be in Gareth Southgate’s starting lineup, with Phil Foden also in good form with his club and Raheem Sterling capable of playing on the right.

But Saka is the more natural right-winger of the three. That’s where he plays every game for Arsenal, unlike Foden for City or Sterling for Chelsea.

After such an impressive opening game, it’s hard to see why Southgate would drop the Arsenal man.

As the World Cup takes place in a country where being LGBTQ+ is illegal, please also remember that “Qatari authorities have failed to investigate the deaths of thousands of migrant workers over the past decade, despite evidence of links between premature deaths and unsafe working conditions," according to Amnesty International.

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