Bukayo Saka returned to the very stadium where he endured what will quite possibly be the most painful footballing moment he’ll ever experience.
Just over two months since his deciding penalty miss in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy, Saka was back in the Three Lions’ starting eleven, raring to begin his England healing process.
And on his birthday, he arrived perfectly at the back post to divert Jesse Lingard’s cross into the back of the net from close range.
It capped a very impressive display for the Arsenal winger who was applauded and cheered enthusiastically by the England supporters.
After the display, Roy Keane was very complimentary of the 20-year-old, praising his performance for Gareth Southgate’s side.
However, Keane could not resist sliding a dig at his old rivals Arsenal.
“He had a good day today, I’m sure he’s going to enjoy the win because he’s not getting many at club level,” Keane said with a wry smile.
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“Football’s all about making things right. He had a tough summer, but he has reacted well.”
Saka’s goal was the culmination an assured display from England, which saw two goals from Jesse Lingard either side of a clinical Harry Kane penalty, secure an easy 4-0 victory.
However, Saka's performance, marking his Wembley return was the major talking point amongst Keane and Ian Wright.
“He’s a young player he missed a penalty, all the great football players miss penalties but it’s about how to react," said Keane.
“Even in his interview he’s moved on, learned from it and he’s going to have a great career."
Saka was the victim of racial abuse on social media after his penalty was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma at Wembley.
However, Wright believes Southgate’s trust in the youngster on that fateful night at Wembley was testament to Saka’s character and quality.
Roy Keane takes cheeky pop at Arsenal after praising Bukayo Saka for England showing
“The responsibility he had put on him is because the manager knew the character of the player and the calibre of the player but that happens in football,” said Saka.
“We all miss penalties but he’s young enough to play well for Arsenal, to get into the England squad, to get back to these stages to put it right and redeem himself.
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