The Arsenal teenager only found out yesterday morning he was in the team, but there were no nerves from Saka, man of the match for his performance in a 1-0 win over Czech Republic which saw England top the group and set up a last-16 tie at Wembley on Tuesday. They will play the team that finishes second in Group F tonight, and head into it confident, according to Saka.
“The instructions were just to play, have fun, express yourself, we’d already qualified and that’s what I tried to do,” said the London-born 19-year-old. “(Manager Gareth Southgate) just told me to play how I do at my club, play confident, play free.”
England, whose goal came from Raheem Sterling after 13 minutes, are yet to concede in the tournament, and Saka says that is filling the team with belief.
“That performance has given me confidence and most importantly given the team confidence,” he said.
“That’s our third clean sheet.
“I just try to stick to what I’ve done all season.”