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England star says support ‘means everything’

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Bukayo Saka admitted the overwhelmingly positive reception he received from England’s supporters during the 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Andorra “means everything” to him.

The Arsenal winger celebrated his 20th birthday in style, scoring England’s fourth goal after laying on an assist for two-goal Jesse Lingard earlier in the game.

It marked a successful return to Wembley for Saka, who two months ago missed the crucial penalty in England’s shootout defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020. The Three Lions were expected to overcome Andorra with ease, which they did, but it was a special occasion for Saka as he received a rapturous ovation from those in attendance.

Saka revealed after the final whistle how inspiring the support inside the stadium was; a stark contrast to the abhorrent racial abuse he received from some in the immediate aftermath of England’s defeat to the Azzurri.

“It was the perfect birthday present for me,” Saka told ITV. “I am really happy with the reception everyone gave me. It really shows how proud they are of me and I think that meant a lot for me and it made me want to give my all.

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