It seems Arsenal winger, Bukayo Saka has continued to grow in leaps and bounds as he recorded another caps for England. Apart from the teenager, Timo Werner, Memphis Depay, and Alex Iwobi also had good outings during the international break for their respective countries.
Let’s talk about Saka’s input for England. The winger was impressive in his performance against Ireland, winning the Man of the Match award in the game the Three Lions won 3-0 at Wembley.
The Arsenal star, who made his senior bow last month against Wales, came in for Ben Chilwell during Belgium’s 2-0 win in the UEFA Nations League. He was also impressive in the game as he entered the fray after the number one-ranked team was already two goals up in the 39th minute.
The impressive Saka has been tipped for a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championship, rearranged for next summer.
In one of the impressive performance against Belgium, Saka received a pass outside but is immediately pressed by two Belgium players – including Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
He was undeterred and managed brilliantly to get past De Bruyne who momentarily lost his balance.
Buakyo Saka grateful to Southgate for giving him opportunity to play for England
After deciding to represent England internationally at the expense of his origin, Nigeria, Saka says he is grateful to England‘s manager for taking a chance on him at the international level. He added that he is keen to test himself against the best in the world, including the Belgians, against who England picked up an impressive 2-1 victory at Wembley in October.
“It’s been amazing to have the faith of the manager and for him to recall me to this camp. When I got the text, I was so happy again and I just want to do my best here.
“In the games and opportunities he gives me, I want to give my all on the pitch and I hope I can repay the faith he has shown in me.
“Games against Belgium are the type of games you want to play in as a player – the big games, the games that mean the most. It’s not just that game, though, every time I get an opportunity to show how good I am, hopefully, I can do my best and hopefully get picked for the Euros,” Saka said.
Since Chilwell looked to be injured, Saka could make his fourth international appearance for England on Wednesday in the final international fixture of the two-week break against Iceland before heading back to Arsenal ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash away at Leeds United.
He has played 7 games so far this season for the Gunners, scoring a goal in the process.
Timo Werner’s brace sinks Ukraine
The Germany number 9 continued his impressive form by scoring a brace against Ukraine to put them on top of the log in the UEFA Nations League.
The Chelsea striker scored twice after Bayern Munich winger, Leroy Sane restored parity for Die Mannschaft. They were behind through Roman Yaremchuk in the 12th minute.
Sane rifled home an equalizer after Leon Goretzka pickpocketed Oleksandr Zinchenko in midfield to play an inch-perfect through ball for the assist.
Goretzka then recorded his second assist when he acrobatically controlled Robin Koch’s pass and crossed to Timo Werner. The Chelsea striker made no mistake by nodding home to give Germany the lead.
He then got his second of the night after the restart when he was aided by a slight deflection to convert Matthias Ginter’s cross and put the game to bed.
Memphis Depay capped an impressive display with a goal against Bosnia
In another development, Netherland star player, Memphis Depay added to Georginio Wijnaldum’s brace to record a 3-1 win over Bosnia at the Johan Cruijff Arena to maintain the push for the top spot in the UEFA Nations League group.
Depay had combined with Steven Berghuisto set up Wijnaldum for his second, which was another easy tap-in from close range after they took advantage of poor defending from the visitors.
The Lyon winger got the third early in the second half before Smail Prevljak reduced the scoreline for Bosnia. The defeat relegated them from League A. It is hoped that such a good performance will be seen against Italy in their last game on Wednesday.
Alex Iwobi impresses as Sierra Leone fought back from 4-0 to draw Nigeria
Iwobi had opened the African Nations Cup qualifier with a brace within the first 27 minutes in between Victor Osimhen’s goal.
Samuel Chukwueze then scored the fourth to give the host a comfortable lead in the first half.
But the visitors reduced the scoreline in the 41st minute through Kwame Quee.
The Super Eagles completely capitulated in the second half as the visitors secured a 4-4 draw with a brace from Alhaji Kamara, and a single strike from Mustapha Bundu.
Deeply Disappointed , We’ll Work To Put Things Right pic.twitter.com/S2CeymLpzq— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) November 13, 2020
With a promise to come up with a good performance in their next fixture against the same opponent away from home, it is hoped that the Eagles will concetrate in bioth halves this time around.