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Gareth Southgate explains decision to give Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka his first England call-up

Bukayo Saka is set to make his England debut this month (Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate believes Bukayo Saka will add depth to England’s left side after the Arsenal winger was handed his first senior England call-up.

The 19-year-old has rejected the chance to represent Nigeria and has made England’s squad ahead of their upcoming fixtures against Wales, Belgium and Denmark.

Saka has impressed on Arsenal’s left flank under both Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta and has shown that he is capable of playing either as a left-back or in a more advanced role.

Southgate says he has been impressed with Saka’s performances for Arsenal and says the winger will improve the options on England’s left wing.

Asked about Saka’s decision to turn down Nigeria in favour of England, Southgate replied: ‘I’ve not talked specifically to Bukayo about that.

‘I think so many of our players are eligible for dual-nationality, sometimes for more than two countries.

Gareth Southgate says he has been impressed by Bukayo Saka’s performances for Arsenal (Getty)

‘We’ve been impressed with his progress through our system.

‘I thought at times for Arsenal last year, at times really…