Saka feels the England love with scoring return to Wembley in 4-0 win against Andorra

Loading...

By Associated Press

LONDON: The cheers of the Wembley crowd made clear the affection for Bukayo Saka the moment the England lineup was announced.

There were even louder roars to come when the birthday boy headed in the final goal in a 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Andorra on Sunday.

Loading...

“It really made a difference for me,” the 20-year-old Saka said. “I could hear so many fans cheering my name.”

How different from 56 days earlier when England last played at Wembley. When Saka missed England’s last penalty in the European Championship final shootout loss to Italy. When the youngster was targeted with a torrent of racist abuse on social media, leading to police investigations and arrests.

Saka was showered with love when he arrived back from his summer break to Arsenal to find a wall covered in messages of support at the training ground.

Loading...

It was returning to Wembley that allowed Saka to see the warmth from true England fans after that abhorrent abuse that social media companies were slow to remove.

“I’m really happy with the reception everyone gave me,” Saka said. “It really showed how proud they are of me. I think that meant a lot for me and it made me really want to give my all.”

That was clear to England manager Gareth Southgate.

Loading...

“I hope closure, if it was needed,” he said. “You can see how popular he is with the rest of the team.”

Saka’s impact was apparent early on with a cross setting up Jesse Lingard to score England’s only goal of the first half against the footballing minnows from the Pyrenees.

Lingard doubled his tally for the evening by scoring the third for the hosts, finishing from the edge of the box with Andorra goalkeeper Josep Gomes only able to get a hand to his low shot.

Loading...

England’s second in the 72nd minute saw captain Harry Kane net his 40th international goal from a penalty after Mason Mount was bundled over.

After Lingard scored his second, it was Saka who had the final say. He left Southgate beaming as he nodded in from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross in the 85th minute.

It set off the most thunderous celebrations of the evening from fans.

Loading...

“It makes me believe they support me through thick and thin,” Saka said.

England has a six-point lead in Group I over Albania, which beat Hungary 1-0 on Sunday. Third-placed Poland was to play later Sunday against San Marino, which is last with zero points, before hosting England on Wednesday. Only the top team automatically qualifies for the tournament in Qatar in November 2022 with the group runners-up having to go through playoffs.

Loading...

Stay connected with us on social media platform for instant update click here to join our  Twitter, & Facebook

We are now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TechiUpdate) and stay updated with the latest Technology headlines.

For all the latest Sports News Click Here 

Loading...

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! TechAzi is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Loading...

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More