Arsenal star Bukayo Saka plays down burnout fears as England youngster is ‘living the dream’

“I’m still young but for him to put me on in these type of games is an honour and it gives me so much confidence.

“I’m also grateful to the players, they took me in, encouraged me a lot and gave me confidence.

“That helped me to go out there and express myself, and I felt in all the games I was given an opportunity, I played well and took my opportunity.

“I am happy with my performances in this international break.”

The next target for Saka is to pin down a place in Southgate’s squad for the rescheduled European Championships.

While there are more options on the right-side of defence than Saka’s role on the left, he will still be competing with the likes of Ben Chilwell and club-mate Ainsley Maitland-Niles – while other players such as Luke Shaw and Aaron Cresswell will be hoping for a late surge into contention.

But Saka feels he knows what he needs to do to stay in the reckoning for next summer.

“I feel that every opportunity that comes up in every camp and every international break I have to make sure I’m fit and available to be picked,” he added.

“Then, when I am picked, I have to give my all and take every opportunity I am given. Also I have to remain at my club, play well, score goals, assist goals, be a threat, be good defensively and show the boss he can trust me.”

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