Bukayo Saka: Arsenal star's wholesome reaction to winning England award

Bukayo Saka has been named England‘s Player of the Year for the 2021/22 season.

West Ham United‘s Declan Rice finished second in the fan voting, while Tottenham Hotspur‘s Harry Kane – the nation’s captain and soon-to-be record goalscorer – took the bronze medal.

Both of those two players would have been worthy winners of the accolade, but it’s great to see Saka claim it after the shocking abuse he suffered over his costly penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final.

Saka is one of Arsenal and England’s go-to men

The 20-year-old was Arsenal‘s main man throughout the course of last season and he nearly helped drag the team into the Champions League places.

In 43 appearances across all competitions, Saka scored 12 goals and assisted a further seven.

Four of the teams he scored against in Premier League action over the course of the campaign were Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.

And at international level in 2021/22, Saka made nine appearances for England and scored three goals. He was also named Man of the Match in England’s 4-0 win over Andorra at Wembley Stadium last September.

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka on the ball for England
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 05: Bukayo Saka of England runs with the ball during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between England and Andorra at Wembley Stadium on September 05, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Not bad, Bukayo.

Saka received his latest individual accolade on Friday afternoon and his reaction was as wholesome as it gets.

In a special ‘prank press conference’ created by England’s media team and attended by a group of young grassroots footballers, Saka was handed the award before he sat down and the look on his face was priceless.

Check out the Arsenal man’s heartwarming reaction…

Video: Saka couldn’t believe he’d been named England’s Player of the Year

You just love to see it. After initially replying with the words “no way”, Saka said: “I did not expect this, honestly. I’m honoured.

“I’m so happy, I can’t put into words how happy I am. It’s really nice to be awarded this trophy, and that’s all I can really say!

“Playing for England is so special, there are so many kids who want to play football for teams and it’s really difficult, so to then get picked to play for your country, it’s another level of honour and pride in yourself.

“So I’m just really happy every time I get to come here, pull on the shirt and play at Wembley in front of all the fans. It’s a beautiful feeling.”

Check out the ‘prank press conference’ for Saka in full…

A wonderful moment for a wonderful footballer – and a moment the kids in attendance will never, ever forget.

Don’t worry, we can’t wipe the smile off of our face either.

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