Bukayo Saka insists he isn't complaining about the massive workload on players this season – because he is living the dream.
England boss Gareth Southgate spoke out this week about his fears that a condensed season with so many fixtures packed in is putting too much pressure on his players.
But Arsenal youngster Saka, who impressed Southgate against Ireland, Belgium and Iceland, claims he cannot get enough right now.
Saka said: “It’s a lot of minutes but as a kid this is what you dream of! So I can’t now turn around and say I don’t want to play because I am living my dream, playing for England.
“I played all three games – who’d have thought I would do that? So I’m not going to complain.
“I just have to trust the people in charge will manage me in the correct way and continue to help me thrive and progress as a player.”
Saka got his chance because of an injury to Ben Chilwell and earned lavish praise from Southgate.
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He had an assist against the Irish and could have scored against Iceland, getting two full 90-minute run-outs, as well as a 52-minute cameo off the bench against Belgium.
But the 19-year-old knows he still has work to do to gatecrash the England squad for next summer’s Euros.
He said: “I’m happy with how my week’s gone. The boss has put a lot of trust in me. For him to put me on in these types of games is an honour. It gives me so much confidence.
“Every opportunity that comes up in every international break I have to make sure I’m fit and available. And then I have to give my all and take every opportunity I am given.
“Also I have to remain at my club, play well, score goals, assist goals, be a threat, be good defensively and show the boss he can trust me.”
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