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Bukayo Saka explains why Alexandre Lacazette slapped him after first England call-up

Bukayo Saka says Alexandre Lacazette had to hit him after his England call-up (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka has revealed that he was in such a state of shock about his first senior England call-up that Alexandre Lacazette had to hit him on the head to get him off the plane as Mikel Arteta’s squad made their way back from Liverpool.

Gareth Southgate rewarded Saka’s exceptional form at club level by naming Saka in his 30-man party for the Three Lions’ upcoming friendly against Wales and Nations League clashes with Belgium and Denmark.

It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for the versatile 19-year-old, who only cemented his place in Arsenal’s first-team last term after injuries to left-backs Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.

The Arsenal youngster was stunned to be included in Southgate’s squad (Picture: England)

Asked how he learned about his call-up, Saka told England’s official YouTube channel: ‘In the evening we had a game against Liverpool so I was on the plane,

‘My phone was airplane mode so I landed and turned my phone off airplane mode and I saw a text from a woman I didn’t know until now.

‘The first line was, “Congratulations…