Gary Lineker weighs in on Arsenal star Bukayo Saka amid Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho debate

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Gary Lineker has warned Arsenal star Bukayo Saka will face plenty of competition for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England side at this summer’s European Championships. Saka is the highest-scoring teenager in the Premier League this season and has become an invaluable member of Mikel Arteta’s side despite only being 19.

Saka has already won four caps for the senior England side since his debut in the 3-0 win over Wales last October.

The teenager has played the majority of his football under Gareth Southgate as a left wing-back.

It is a position he played during his early stages in the Arsenal team but rarely this season.

Saka has instead enjoyed the majority of his success on the right of the attack for Arteta.

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But that is an area England are well-stocked in, so Lineker says getting into the Three Lions team ahead of the likes of Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho will not be easy.

“He’s got versatility to his game which will certainly help him but you have to remember in the wide areas we’ve got a phenomenal amount of talent,” Lineker told talkSPORT.

“He can play anywhere which will be a massive advantage to him and he’s been brilliant but if you look at who we’ve got: Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Callum Hudson-Odoi. The list goes on.

“There’s a lot of competition but his performances have been brilliant, particularly as Arsenal have struggled in many ways.

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“For a youngster to stand up under those circumstances is a really good sign.

“When they start playing really well it will work for everyone and he’s got so much maturity to his game and a brilliant amount of maturity.”

Saka has also filled in as a traditional left-back at times, as well as playing on the left wing or as a No 10.

Lineker believes that versatility will be crucial to Southgate’s squad.

The former striker added: “[His versatility] is a massive advantage for him as a manager can’t three players that play wide right and three players that play wide left, but if one of those players can play on right wing or left wing, or right back or left back. It will give them a real edge.

“He’s still very young and you have to take that into consideration – but if you’re good enough, you’re old enough and Gareth is pretty blessed right now.”

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