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Saka enters record books after England goal

Bukayo Saka celebrates his goal against Switzerland

Bukayo Saka has equalled a club record that has stood for 86 years – our highest scorer for the England national men’s team.

Our winger netted his 12th goal for the Three Lions in the win over Switzerland on Saturday, bringing him level with Cliff Bastin’s haul for his country, which he racked up from 21 appearances between 1931 and 1938. 

Saka’s dozen have come from 37 games. He made his debut in a 3-0 win over Wales on October 8, 2020, at the age of 19. Bastin – nicknamed Boy Bastin at the time – was also just 19 when he made his England debut.

Saka’s first goal for his country came against Austria on June 2, 2021, in a 1-0 friendly win, ahead of the European Championships later that summer. His next three goals were all in World Cup qualifiers at the end of 2021 – in big wins home and away against Andorra and away to San Marino.

That helped England qualify comfortably for the finals in Qatar, and Saka netted twice in the opening match for Gareth Southgate’s side – a 6-2 win over Iran. He also netted in the 3-0 Round of 16 win over Senegal.

He scored four goals in the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign last year – including a hat-trick against North Macedonia at Old Trafford in June.

The record-equalling goal came in England’s fifth game at Euro 2024 in Germany – a timely late equaliser to take the game to extra-time and ultimately a successful penalty shootout. It was Saka's first goal at the European Championships after not registering in his four appearances at Euro 2020. As well as his 12 England goals, he's also contributed four assists. His successful spot kick in the shootout on Saturday does not count towards his official tally.

Saka, who turns 23 in September, also netted for England at under-16, 17, 18 and 19 levels. He only played once for England under-21s.

Overall our winger is one of 29 Arsenal players who have scored for the England senior side while representing the club. Declan Rice - who assisted Saka's record-equalling goal - could become the 30th. Here's our all-time top 10, and the period in which they scored their first and last goals.

Player Goals Period
Bukayo Saka 12 2021-Present
Cliff Bastin 12 1933-1938
Tony Woodcock 9 1982-1984
Ian Wright 9 1993-1997
Theo Walcott 8 2008-2015
Danny Welbeck 8 2014-2018
Ted Drake 6 1934-1938
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6 2012-2017
Tony Adams 5 1987-2000
Joe Hulme 4 1927-1928

And here are all of Saka's goals for England so far...

Date Comp Opposition Venue Score Goals
June 2, 2021 F Austria H 1-0 1
September 5, 2021 WCQ Andorra H 4-0 1
October 9, 2021 WCQ Andorra A 5-0 1
November 15, 2021 WCQ San Marino A 10-0 1
November 21, 2022 WC Iran N 6-2 2
December 4, 2022 WC Senegal N 3-0 1
March 26, 2023 ECQ Ukraine H 2-0 1
June 19, 2023 ECQ North Macedonia H 7-0 3
July 6, 2024 EC Switzerland N 1-1 1

With thanks to Opta

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Ramsdale, Rice and Saka through to Euro 2024 final

Saka Rice
Saka Rice

Gunners trio Aaron Ramsdale, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka will be joining David Raya in the Euro 2024 final between Spain and England on Sunday night.

The Three Lions booked their place in the weekend's 8pm (BST) kick-off with a 2-1 win over Netherlands on Wednesday.

Xavi Simons gave Ronald Koeman's side the lead inside just seven minutes, but England responded well, Harry Kane earning a penalty that he dispatched moments later.

After a positive, attacking display from England, Gareth Southgate was richly rewarded when two of his substitutes combined as Cole Palmer set up Ollie Watkins for a dramatic 90th minute winner.

England thought they had taken the lead when Bukayo found the back of the net from close range in the 80th minute, but Kyle Walker was offside.

Bukayo played 93 minutes of the match and again looked a real threat on the right wing, while Declan played the full match and Aaron was an unused substitute.

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