‘Starboy’ Saka! England fans hail ‘sensational’ Bukayo Saka who put Euro 2020 penalty miss behind him to score TWICE in 6-2 victory against Iran – as he celebrates in the stands after game with girlfriend Tolami Benson, 22
- England fans have heaped praise on Bukayo Saka after England’s World Cup win
- The team beat Iran 6-2 in their opening game in Qatar, with Saka scoring twice
- Arsenal man Saka was hailed as ‘the most complete winger in the game’ by a fan
Praise has poured in for ‘starboy’ Bukayo Saka after the winger helped England thrash Iran 6-2 with two superb goals in the team’s opening game of the Qatar World Cup.
Jude Bellingham opened the scoring with a header in the 35th minute, before Saka, 21, doubled England’s lead with a superb volley just eight minutes later.
Saka went on to score England’s fourth to grab a brace in the second half with a brilliant solo goal, beating most of the Iranian defence to slot home.
Goals from Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish helped to seal the game for England, while a goal and a penalty in the 13th minute of extra time from Iranian stirker Mehdi Taremi made the final score 6-2.
The Arsenal player could be seen sitting with his family, including his girlfriend Tolami Benson, 22, after England’s record breaking victory.
Much of the praise from fans today has been reserved for Saka after he delivered his best performance in an England shirt yet.
One fan said: ‘Starboy Saka. He already have more World cup goals than Rooney and Scholes.’
While Gary Linker tweeted: ‘Sensational goal from Bukayo Saka. Gorgeous! England two up with the combined age of the goal scorers – 40 years.’
Bukayo Saka sits with his family – including his girlfriend Tolami Benson, 22 – after scoring two goals throughout the match
England’s wives and girlfriends were quick to arrive in the Khalifa Stadium to cheer on the team as squad kicked off the first match of the World Cup (pictured: Saka’s girlfriend Tolami Benson)
England’s very glamorous support squad have given football fans a glimpse at their life aboard their £1 billion cruise ship – as the team prepare for their first match against Iran later today (pictured Saka’s girlfriend Tolami Benson)
Rapper and Youtuber KSI praised Saka’s goal by ambitiously predicting: ‘Saka with a top of the league finish to make it 2-0 to England.
‘England ARE winning the World Cup.’
Piers Morgan reacted to Saka’s second goal by saying: ‘BOOOM!! 2-0. What a strike’
An Arsenal fan group praised their club’s young winger by saying: ‘Just an Arsenal boy producing the goods on the world’s biggest stage… Proud of you Bukayo Saka’
Many also hailed Saka’s success as ‘redemption’ for his missed penalty in 2021 which lost England the European Championships final against Italy, and the racist abuse he and other players faced online following the defeat.
Labour MP Nadia Whittome posted: ‘Rashford scores within 49 seconds of coming on the pitch.
‘Saka scores twice in one game. After the disgusting racist abuse they faced last year, it’s great to see them triumphant.’
A fan added: ‘This Saka redemption arc from the Euros is gonna hit so hard…’
One football pundit lavished praise on the Arsenal man, saying: ‘Saka [is] the most complete winger in the game.
‘Besides him don’t think there’s another winger that offers high defensive work rate, elite build up play, elite movement behind, ball striking, final pass, and 1v1 ability.’
Another fan said: ‘Saka’s got that young player of the tournament wrapped up already it’s criminal how Gavi won the Golden Boy trophy over him when you think about it.’
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