Bukayo Saka wins England men’s Player of the Year for the second year running on his birthday
Literally couldn’t have happened to a nicer lad.
Premier League star Bukayo Saka has won the England men’s team Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year – and on his birthday, no less.
Beating the likes of national team captain Harry Kane, and fellow talented youngster Jude Bellingham, who came second and third, respectively, Saka has now won the supporter-voted award for the second year running, after clinching his first at just 21.
As for this year’s accolade, following another successful league campaign with Arsenal in the 2022/23 season, and having more than played his part for England – scoring three times during their Qatar World Cup journey and shining in both the Nations League and the European qualifiers – it comes as little surprise that one of the country’s best talents has won it yet again.
Better still, it’s safe to say that he was a little taken by surprise when presented with the award concealed inside a giant birthday present by his teammate James Maddison.
Cue a typically wholesome reaction from arguably England’s most wholesome footballer.
As you can see, the youngster said he had “no words” after winning the award, simply insisting, “I’m really grateful. Thank you to everyone who made this happen and yeah, it’s a nice birthday gift as well, so I’m happy”.
Saka, who just turned 22 on Tuesday, has scored seven goals in the last 10 appearances he’s made for his country – including the first hattrick of his career in the Three Lions 7-0 win over North Macedonia at Old Trafford back in June.
He also happened to win the PFA’s Young Player of the Year at the end of August, and came in second for his club’s own POTY award.
The Ealing-born winger is once again part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their Euro 2024 qualifying match against Ukraine on Saturday and the friendly with Scotland in Glasgow the following Tuesday.
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Meanwhile, the Lionesses’ Player of the Year award will be announced later this month, with countless candidates likely to closely contest each other following an incredible showing at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
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Featured Image — England/Bukayo Saka (via Instagram)