Bukayo Saka withdraws from England squad after positive COVID-19 test

In a statement, Bukayo Saka confirmed he had withdrawn from the England squad after testing positive for COVID-19, becoming the sixth player to withdraw. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has faced a series of problems so far with the withdrawal of six players.

After more than impressive form over the past few months, many are expecting more than a few Arsenal players to earn call-ups to their various international teams. This included the likes of Ben White, Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney and even Bukayo Saka with impressive young striker Gareth Southgate. The 20-year-old has contributed to four goals in his last six appearances, which stretches to eight in his last eleven league appearances.

The run of form combined with England’s injury problems had many believing this would finally be Saka’s chance to shine for the Three Lions. However, the 20-year-old has confirmed via a statement on social media that he was forced to withdraw from the squad after testing positive for COVID-19. Saka trained with the England squad earlier this week but has since isolated himself and has now retired from the squad.

“I’m disgusted to be pulling out of @England camp but I’ve tested positive for Covid-19 and will self-isolate until I test negative. I’ll be supporting the boys back home this weekend and j ‘can’t wait to be back doing what I love soon,’ read Saka’s statement on Twitter.

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