We didn’t even know there was such an award but Bukayo Saka has been named player of the year for the England men’s national team after a fan vote.
The Arsenal winger beat Declan Rice and Harry Kane to the gong after scoring three goals and making two assists in nine appearances for the Three Lions over the last 12 months.
"Just a standard press conference today, Bukayo."
Not quite… 😉
— England (@England) September 23, 2022
He is the first Gunner to take the award since its inception in 2003.
At the rate he’s going, the 21-year-old is going to need a bigger mantelpiece for all the personal accolades having already been named Arsenal’s player of the season for the last two years.
Congratulations to Bukayo who received the award from a room of inquisitive 8-year-olds. Presumably, they wouldn’t have planned the same reception had Kane won.
Saka is currently on international duty and is likely to feature in the Nations League matches against Italy (tonight) and Germany on Monday.