Saka won the Man of the Match award for his display (Picture: Getty Images)
Jadon Sancho took to social media to express his delight over Bukayo Saka’s stunning display for England in Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory over Czech Republic.
Having not featured in any of England’s first two group games, Saka was a surprise inclusion for the final Group D clash at Wembley – and more than justified his selection.
Making his first appearance at a major tournament, the Arsenal winger was involved in the lead-up to Raheem Sterling’s first-half header and posed a genuine threat to the Czechs throughout the match.
Sancho was delighted for his England team-mate (Picture: Instagram)
Meanwhile, for the third game in a row, Sancho wasn’t included in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI despite a roaring end to the season for his club Borussia Dortmund.
The 21-year-old replaced Saka as a substitute in the 84th minute against Czech Republic as England secured top spot in Group D.
Despite Saka starting ahead of him on the right wing, Sancho was ecstatic for his England team-mate.
In a post on his Instagram stories after the match, Sancho wrote: ‘Too happy for this guy, took his opportunity like I told him to! Family.’
Saka also caught the eye of England’s matchwinner Raheem Sterling, who heaped praise on the 19-year-old Arsenal starlet.
‘I thought Bukayo Saka was brilliant,’ Manchester City’s Sterling told the BBC.
‘I told him after the game that he got in the pockets of space, drove at people, he was direct and that’s what you need. It’s a credit to him.
‘He’s tough, he’s funny, he gets on with everyone in the dressing room – I’m buzzing for him.’