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Southgate explains decision not to include Arsenal’s Saka in England squad

Saka shone for the Gunners last season (Picture: Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate suggests the reason Bukayo Saka will play for England’s Under-21s rather than the senior squad is because he sees him as more of an attacking player, rather than a left-back.

The Three Lions boss’ made the surprising decision not to include any left-backs in his 24-man selection for upcoming Nations League clashes against Iceland and Denmark.

Three right-backs in Kyle Walker, Kieran Tripper and Trent Alexander-Arnold were picked, and with established attackers like Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling included, Saka was denied his first call-up.

The 18-year-old enjoyed an excellent season for the Gunners and established himself as one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League, earning a long-term contract in the process.

Saka filled in expertly at left-back when Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac were sidelined through injury, and proved his versatility by playing in midfield and on either wing later in the season.

The teenager has represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 levels, and has now earned a spot in Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21s…