Bukayo Saka has been named in the England provisional 33-man squad for Euro 2020.
The wonderkid is the only Arsenal player to have made Gareth Southgate’s squad, and will be hopeful of making the final cut when the 26-man squad is named next week.
If Saka does make the final squad, his manager Mikel Arteta has already pleaded with Southgate to take care of the teenager amid fears of the 19-year-old could suffer from burnout after making 50 appearances across all competitions this season.
“There is a risk [of burnout],” Arteta said. “The schedule we have had in the last two years has been crazy. But he’s handled that situation really, really well.
“I know Gareth. He’s brilliant at managing his players well. I’ve spoken to him about it. We just hope they do the right thing.
“He is very determined to go and help his country on this incredible occasion. He needs to enjoy that because he has earned every right to be there.
“Enjoy it and good things will happen.
“He has played really well on occasions in the back four as a full-back. He’s been exceptional for me on the right wing and has been really good as a wing-back as well.
“Having great versatility for him has made him a different player. He’s really intelligent and he can pick things up really very quickly.
“And we will mould him into the position we want him to play more and more.”
Southgate’s decision to call on Saka comes after the Arsenal wonderkid’s true worth to the club has been revealed.
As per CIES Football Observatory‘s astonishing transfer values, the 19-year-old’s valuation has emerged in recent months – and it is estimated to be between €90m and €120m (£77million and £103million).
Provisional England squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Henderson, Johnstone, Pickford, Ramsdale
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Coady, Godfrey, James, Maguire, Mings, Shaw, Stones, Trippier, Walker, White
Midfielders: Bellingham, Henderson, Lingard, Mount, Phillips, Rice, Ward-Prowse
Forwards: Calvert-Lewin, Foden, Grealish, Greenwood, Kane, Rashford, Saka, Sancho, Sterling, Watkins
Source by Football London