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England: Foden reveals pivotal moment in Bukayo Saka’s career

Bukayo Saka at Arsenal
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The young forward has played a fundamental role in Arsenal’s Premier League success this season.

Phil Foden has praised Bukayo Saka for his strong reaction to missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final.

England came one step away from claiming their first major trophy in over 60 years at Wembley. However, a heartbreaking defeat against Italy in the penalty shootouts prevented Gareth Southgate’s side from winning the title.

Saka suffered racial abuse on social media after missing England’s last penalty that night. However, his incredible display for Arsenal this season has made that miss look like a distant memory.

“Definitely, I learn from him,” Foden said of Saka. “From him missing that penalty, he’s turned it around with his performances on the pitch for club and country. He’s such a nice lad and everyone loves him. He’s a big part of what we do here.

“It shows what a person he is. He’s such a young lad, he’s still developing and still learning about the game. For him to come back from something like that just shows the courage he’s got and how much he’s come on. I’m so happy for him.”

England will face Italy and Ukraine in the Euro 2024 qualifiers before the restart of the club competitions.