Roy Keane couldn’t help but poke fun at Arsenal when discussing Bukayo Saka’s impressive performance for England in the 4-0 thrashing of Andorra. The Gunners attacker was back at Wembley for the first time since the summer when he missed the crucial spot-kick in the Euro 2020 final against Italy but his response to that night and the racist abuse that followed was impressive.
Saka registered an assist and scored with a header to cap the perfect 20th birthday.
He was a real live-wire throughout, teeing up Jesse Lingard for the opener before turning home Lingard’s cross for the fourth with a fine header.
The goal saw Saka receive a rapturous ovation from the crowd, who were clearly delighted for the youngster, making their appreciation known.
Speaking after the game, former Manchester United captain Keane could help but mock Arsenal when delivering his assessment of Saka’s eye-catching display.
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Saka made it clear this was an afternoon that meant a lot to him, particularly in response to the mental demons he has had to face since his missed penalty in July.
“This is what I dream about to play at Wembley, in front of my friends and family, a crowd and score on my 20th birthday so really happy,” he said.
“I think it means a lot, it really made a difference for me [response following penalty miss] only just now I can hear so many fans cheering my name so it means everything to me and shows that everyone supports me through thick and thin so it’s nice.
“I’m 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 made me want to give my all and obviously I’m happy that we got the win.
“It’s the perfect birthday present for me. I’m really happy we got the win and that I celebrate my birthday like this.”