Ukayo Saka “can’t describe the feeling” after scoring twice in England’s 6-2 win over Iran to kick off his World Cup campaign with a bang.
The Arsenal striker was selected ahead of Phil Foden in what looked like a big call from manager Gareth Southgate but more than repaid his manager’s confidence with a scintillating display.
Saka scored England’s second with a fine volley after Jude Bellingham’s opener before netting his brace and fourth for his side overall with a devastating attempt after cutting inside his defender.
Coming off the heartbreak in the Euro 2020 final in which he missed the decisive penalty against Italy in the Wembley final, Saka has certainly made an early statement in his first World Cup appearance.
Speaking to the BBC, the 21-year-old said: “I can’t describe the feeling. It’s amazing, I’m so happy, I’m so proud, and we also have the victory, so it’s a really special day!
“We needed a good start, we didn’t play the best before the tournament. But we showed everyone how good we are and what we can do.
“It’s unbelievable. We have to be consistent because we have the next game in a few days and we have to come back.
“I feel like I’m in the right place. I have the support from the fans, I feel the love and support from the staff and my teammates, and that’s all I need. I gave 100% and will continue to do so every time I put on the jersey.