Anybody who requested why Buakyo Saka was beginning for England in opposition to the Czech Republic obtained their reply within the 12th minute.
The Arsenal star, solely 19, obtained the nod for the Euro 2020 group decider forward of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford as Phil Foden was rested and Mason Mount compelled to self-isolate.
Saka was maybe the least apparent alternative, however proved his value by sparking the hearth which England so dearly lacked in opposition to Scotland to create the opener on Tuesday.
Beginning inside his personal field, the versatile winger beat two gamers earlier than regaining possession within the field and placing the ball right into a harmful space, earlier than Jack Grealish and goalscorer Raheem Sterling finally mixed.
Gunners followers won’t be shocked to see their 2020/21 Participant of the Season taking part in such a starring position within the first-half – and neither is famous supervisor Jose Mourinho.
Chatting with talkSPORT earlier than the sport, Mourinho waxed lyrical in regards to the Arsenal man.
“It’s not about younger or previous,” he stated. “It’s about high quality, expertise, persona and expertise.
“The man is younger, however has expertise at large membership and the perfect league on the earth.
“I consider he’s very gifted, very assured, he can play in lots of positions.
“In fact folks talk about Sancho and Rashford, there are such a lot of good gamers.
“However I actually consider in Saka as a result of I feel he’s an excellent boy.”