Jude Bellingham and Harry Maguire react as Bukayo Saka announces his emergence as England’s Men’s Player of the Year

Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka has emerged as England’s Men’s Player of the Year for the second successive year, pipping Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham and Bayern Munich striker Harry Kane to the award.

The 22-year-old recently emerged as the PFA Young Player of the Year after a brilliant campaign which saw him notch 14 goals and 11 assists in 38 Premier League games in 2022-23.

His form for the Three Lions was also impressive as he bagged two goals in the 6-2 opening group-stage win over Iran and once in the 3-0 last-16 victory against Senegal at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Saka also notched a first career hat-trick in a 7-0 win over North Macedonia in June during one of England’s Euro 2024 qualifying matches.

The Arsenal star has now scored seven England goals in 10 caps over the past year and could add to the tally in Saturday’s European Championship qualifier against Ukraine in Wroclaw and Tuesday’s friendly with Scotland in Glasgow.

Fans voted for Saka ahead of Bellingham and Kane and he has taken to Instagram to react, with the Madrid midfielder and Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire both delighted for him, taking to the comments section to react.

The Arsenal academy graduate has already hit the ground running in 2023-24, with two goals and an assist to his name in the opening four league games of the new campaign.

Saka will be keen to go one better with the Gunners in the Premier League this term after Manchester City pipped them to the title last term, and the youngster will also have his eyes on winning the Champions League.

He could end up picking up the England’s Men’s Player of the Year award for the third year running if he ends up impressing for both club and country again, and bigger individual prizes await if he keeps going at this rate.

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