09 October 2020 00:32
Sign up to FREE email alerts from Football London - Arsenal Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Gareth Southgate has told Bukayo Saka what he must do to solidify his place in the England squad. The Arsenal youngster was called up to the Three Lions senior squad for the first time ahead of tonight's friendly with Wales and the Nations League clashes with Belgium and Denmark. Ahead of the game with Wales, England boss Southgate has revealed what he told newboys Saka, as well as Dominic Calvert-Lewis, Jack Grealish and Danny Ings. Asked what he told the players, the Three Lions boss replied: "Just what they've been doing with their clubs. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now "The same with Jack Grealish, Danny Ings - it's a first start for all four of them, actually.
"We've said before, 'you're in because of what you've been doing with your clubs, that they are in positions we think allow you to recreate those roles and runs'. "They've got to go and do that, they won't be perfect. But if mistakes do happen, then it's about how they react and how they respond to that." Saka started the game against Wales, which England lead 1-0 at half-time. He made it into the Three Lions senior squad having already racked up 29 league appearances for Arsenal at the age of 19 and represented England at five age groups between under-16s and under-21s. ADVERTISEMENT Bukayo Saka officially played his first game for the English national team Thursday night as the Three Lions thumped Wales 3-0 at Wembley.
"Of course we would have liked to have him with us, but we have to respect this kind of decision from him. "I wish him good luck and a long career with England." Saka is still eligible for Nigeria despite featuring in the Thursday night's friendly. According to the FIFA rules, players cannot switch nationality only when they play in competitive official games like qualifiers or in sanctioned international tournaments. England play Belgium on Sunday in the Nations League at Wembley, while Wales face Republic of Ireland on the same day. If Saka features in the Sunday game or against Denmark days after, then he is no longer eligible for Nigeria. Related Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka is set to start for the English national team. The winger is set to be part of a new look team against Wales in a friendly, before the Three Lions play against Denmark and Belgium in the UEFA Nations League. The 19-year-old has made a remarkable rise in football since breaking into the Arsenal first team last term. He will be joined by Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the England starting line up, who is also set for his first cap. Nike Pope will start in goal, and other changes will be made compared to the usual England line up. Southgate said on Saka to reporters: "I've loved getting to know him this week, a really charming personality you can really see how excited he is by everything. "Also he is an exciting player, we know he can play for or different positions already. He's done the for Arsenal: wide left, wide right, wing back, left back. "I think out and out left back at this level would be a little bit more difficult but any of those advanced positions he is more than capable. "Our performance tomorrow isn't going to be perfect, we'll have too may new players in who haven't necessarily played together but i think theres a lot of exciting things they can do and we are excited to see them. "This team might lack experience but it's also an opportunity for a lot of young players."