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‘Bukayo totally deserves his chance with England’

It was quite a day for Bukayo Saka on Thursday.

First he received his first call-up to the senior England squad, then he impressed once more as we beat Liverpool on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
 
“I’m extremely happy with him - he totally deserves that chance,” Mikel Arteta said afterwards. “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.”

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