Ally McCoist hails 'excellent' Bukayo Saka England World Cup showings

‘He’s looking like a starter’: Ally McCoist hails England star Bukayo Saka’s ‘excellent’ showings at the World Cup… and insists the Arsenal star is only going to improve ahead of Saturday’s quarter-final with France

  • Pundit Ally McCoist has heaped praise on young England winger Bukayo Saka 
  • The skilful Arsenal star, 21, is the joint second-top scorer at the Qatar World Cup 
  • McCoist has insisted Saka is ‘looking like a starter’ for Gareth Southgate’s side 
  • The Three Lions face a tough quarter-final test against France on Saturday night 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Ally McCoist has heaped praise on England’s Bukayo Saka – saying the winger already ‘looks like a starter’ for the Three Lions. 

The Arsenal wideman, 21, is the joint second-top scorer at the Qatar World Cup after netting in the 3-0 last-16 win against Senegal.

And McCoist told Talksport that Saka and other English young players will only get better, in a hugely positive sign for Gareth Southgate’s side. 

Ally McCoist has heaped praise on England’s Bukayo Saka (right) for his World Cup showings

He said: ‘I’ve watched him close-up this tournament. Boy, he’s been excellent. He really, really has. Great maturity, blossomed in that squad and team and actually, now he’s looking like a starter for Gareth.

‘Gareth’s looking at his team, he probably thinks right away ‘in a normal game, I’ve got eight or nine starters’. Saka’s in there. He’s got a settled back four at the moment, the goalie you’d be happy with.

‘He’s got the opportunity to change in wider positions and maybe a midfielder here or there, but Saka’s been excellent. He really has been, and he’s only going to get better. This England squad and these boys are probably nowhere near their peak.’

Wonderkid Saka, 21, scored in England’s 3-0 last-16 win against Senegal on Sunday evening

The 23-cap international also netted a double in England’s opening game of the tournament, a 6-2 thrashing of Iran, before being rested as Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford were handed starts in attack against Wales, either side of Harry Kane.

But despite Rashford’s double, Saka was brought back into the starting line-up against the African side and is expected to start in their quarter-final knockout tie against France on Saturday night.

Ahead of the clash, Saka played down comparisons to Les Bleus superstar Kylian Mbappe.

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