Mikel Arteta says Bukayo Saka is “an incredible” talent and deserves his chance to shine on the international stage.
The 18-year-old received his first call-up to the England senior squad from Gareth Southgate yesterday ahead of a trio of Interlull games in October.
Also eligible to represent Nigeria, Saka has featured regularly for England at youth level but only made his under-21s debut in September.
His progress has been swift but the boss has backed his new number 7 to keep on delivering the goods.
“He’s a really humble boy who’s willing to learn every single day.
“He works really hard and he has an incredible talent. It’s a combination of everything you need to be successful and I think that call-up is going to fill him with confidence even more, and I’m really happy for him.
“That ability, versatility and unpredictability that he gives to the team is special. As well, the way he reads the different situations in areas that we want to provoke during games and then also the personality that he plays with.
“He comes here to Anfield and he wants every ball, he works for every challenge and I think he put in a really good performance today.”
England play Wales in a friendly on 8 October before facing Denmark and Belgium in the Nations League. All three games are set to be played at Wembley.