Micah Richards explains how Bukayo Saka has “caused drama” for England

Bukayo Saka has “caused drama” for England boss Gareth Southgate with his man-of-the-match performance against Czech Republic on Tuesday night.

That’s the verdict of Micah Richards, who declared Saka “can’t be dropped” for the Three Lions’ upcoming last-16 clash.

The Arsenal starlet produced a dazzling and direct display from the right wing in England’s latest Euro 2020 encounter to help his country finish top of Group D.

Saka even matched a record shared by Michael Owen and Raheem Sterling during the match thanks to his precocious dribbling ability and willingness to take on defenders.

The 19-year-old’s showing was so impressive that Richards claims he must start England’s next game.

“I think he’s (Gareth Southgate’s) learned a lot about the next game now because the way Saka played today he can’t be dropped,” the former England right-back told Match of the Day .

“He was absolutely outstanding. He’s so versatile he can play in so many different positions.

“At times people are scared to impose themselves on the game and play the easy pass but he was fearless. He’s 19 years of age and he played like he had all the experience in the world.

Saka made a strong case to keep his place in the starting XI

“He was running in behind which we all know we need when (Harry) Kane comes deep. Can he do his defensive work? Of course he can because he’s played left-back, wing-back.

“His all round performance was so professional for someone so young. He’s going to cause drama for Southgate now with squad selection.”

Saka only has six England caps to his name but is pushing for his second start at a major tournament in the last 16.

The Three Lions will be watching intently on Wednesday night as they wait to find out their opposition in the next round.

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Given they finished top of Group D, Southgate’s side will face the runners-up of Group F, with Germany currently occupying second spot.

But that may change after the final round of fixtures, with Die Mannschaft hosting Hungary and France facing off with Portugal.

Whomever England face, Richards believes Saka should keep his spot in the starting XI, while the teenager also drew lavish praise from Jose Mourinho.

“It’s not about young or old,” Mourinho told talkSPORT of Saka. “It’s about quality, talent, personality and experience.

“The guy is young, but the guy has experience. He plays at a big club, he plays in the best league in the world.

“He has some international experience with the club and with the national team. I believe he is very talented, very confident, he can play in many positions.

“Of course people speak about (Jadon) Sancho and (Marcus) Rashford, there are so many good players. But I truly believe in Saka because I think he’s a very good boy.”

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