Bukayo Saka praised by ex-England star
Former England star Emile Heskey was quick to praise Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka after the England winger’s brace which helped England to a 6-2 win vs Iran.
Heskey told Safe Betting Sites: “It was great to see but we don’t want to get carried away because clearly Iran are nowhere near the toughest team England will face in this tournament.
“It’s great to see Saka, Rashford and Bellingham scoring goals and getting plaudits now rather than the racist abuse they suffered just over a year ago after the Euros. Saka in particular put in a great performance and was arguably man of the match. You can draw a comparison to a ‘regular’ summer World Cup where players would have four weeks off after the end of the season ahead of the tournament.
“But Saka has come from Arsenal, where he and the club have been in fantastic form, to going straight into this game against Iran. So he hasn’t had any time off for his form to dip and I think the timing of the World Cup has worked out well for him in particular.
“It fascinates me how someone so young can take so much responsibility on their shoulders. It’s not easy. I moved from big clubs to smaller clubs and everyone was looking to me to take that mantle and that’s not easy either. But Saka’s doing it week in, week out at a big club like Arsenal at the age of 21 and that shows where he is mentally. And when you’re in a good place mentally, nothing is impossible.
“So he’s showing that he’s happy to take the weight on his shoulders. He’s only 21 and there will be times where has to cope with a dip in form. But we need to just bare with him because he will bounce back. Because with playing that many games you can burn yourself out.
“It’s key that he’s being played in his best position now. Players don’t usually say anything when they’re being out of position, even if it’s to their own detriment they’ll just do what the manager tells them…