Bukayo Saka hailed as the 'face of England's future' by Joe Cole

Bukayo Saka hailed as the ‘face of England’s future’ by Joe Cole after the winger’s stunning hat-trick in their 7-0 win over North Macedonia

  • Bukayo Saka scored a hat-trick in England’s 7-0 victory against North Macedonia 
  • Pundits and fans hailed Saka’s superb performance in the Euro 2024 qualifier 
  • Saka’s second goal proved the highlight of the Three Lions win at Old Trafford 

Bukayo Saka has been hailed by pundits following his starring role in England’s 7-0 demolition of North Macedonia, with Joe Cole labelling the winger as the ‘face of England’s future’.

Saka scored the first hat-trick of his career in the victory at Old Trafford, with his stunning second goal the highlight of the Euro 2024 qualifier.

The 21-year-old latched onto a pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold before sending a powerful left footed drive into the top corner.

Cole claimed Saka had struck the ball with ‘violence’, with the former England midfielder believing the Arsenal winger has nailed down his spot in Gareth Southgate’s side.  

‘What a performance, that’s the face of English football’s future,’ Cole said.

Bukayo Saka scored a stunning hat-trick in England’s 7-0 victory against North Macedonia

Joe Cole described Saka as the ‘face of England’s future’ following his superb performance

Saka’s second goal proved to be the highlight of England’s dominant victory at Old Trafford

‘Of all the players we’ve got he seems to be the number one on the right wing.

‘He hit it in with violence, his first touch is perfect and he had the composure and technique right.’ 

Steven Gerrard also hailed Saka’s second goal of the match, with the England and Liverpool legend then highlighting the winger’s potential.

Gerrard suggested Saka could become world class as Mikel Arteta continues to develop players and his Arsenal squad.

‘We were right behind the [second] goal. Saka knows as soon the ball comes inside he can get on his bike,’ Gerrard said.

‘There’s still plenty to do, the strike was absolutely wow.

‘He comes across as so humble. The scary thing is he’s only going to get better. Being around talented players here, he’s got the world at his feet. He’s got world class potential.’

Saka’s performance crowned a superb individual season for the winger, who scored 15 goals and provided 15 assists for Arsenal in all competitions this season.

The 21-year-old also made 10 appearances for England during the campaign, scoring seven goals for the Three Lions.

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