The decision of England manager, Gareth Southgate, to drop Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka from the Three Lions’ squad for the Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark, next month, came as great news to Nigerian fans, The PUNCH reports.
With his fine form in the just-concluded 2019/20 season, where he was named third in the Arsenal Player of The Season poll behind captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bernd Leno, and emerging the Europa League Young Player of The Year by Whoscored.com, many felt Saka would make the next England squad.
Southgate, however, excluded him from his squad, saying he was keeping close tabs on the 18-year-old.
The snub left Nigerians asking the Nigeria Football Federation to quickly invite the versatile player, who’s been torn between chosing Nigeria, the country of his parents, and England, his birth place.
“It’s becoming clear that Saka is not wanted by England. I would be surprised if he doesn’t play for the Super Eagles in the next international break,” Sani Datsama said on Twitter. (Punch)