Jude Bellingham gives Arsenal star Bukayo Saka flattering Lionel Messi comparison as England win – Football.London

Bukayo Saka proved his worth to England in the Three Lions’ 3-3 draw against Germany in the Nations League on Monday evening. The Arsenal star made a game-changing impact, coming off the bench in the 66th minute when the Three Lions were 2-0 down, and helping them go 3-2 up just 12 minutes later.

Gareth Southgate reaped the rewards for playing Saka in his preferred position. The 21-year-old operated at right-wing and provided the assist for Mason Mount’s equalising goal, before nearly grabbing a goal for himself, only to be denied by Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

It was a huge contrast in performance for Saka, who played at left wing-back in the 1-0 defeat to Italy on Friday – a position he has little experience of playing in. He received praise from the likes of Joe Cole and Jermaine Defoe after his impressive display against Germany.

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However, the biggest compliment Saka received was from one of his Three Lions team-mates. Midfielder Jude Bellingham, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea in past transfer windows, commented on Saka’s Instagram post ‘Leo’, seemingly nicknaming the Arsenal winger after Lionel Messi.

His Gunners and England team-mate Aaron Ramsdale also commented ‘Starboy’, with Jack Grealish and Reece James also among the players to praise Saka. After a bright display in his favoured role, and the praise he received from pundits and team-mates, Saka has given Southgate food for thought, and he is surely set to play an integral role for the Three Lions in Qatar.

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