Saka Beats Kane to Win England's Player of the Year Award

A collage photo of Bukayo Saka receiving the England men's player of the year award at the St. George's Park on September 23, 2022.

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka was voted as the England Men's Player of the Year award for the first time in his career. 

The 21-year-old emerged top defeating West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice and Tottenham Hot Spurs striker Harry Kane who came second and third respectively. 

Saka received the award from a group of young local grassroots players with the Arsenal star being shocked by the honour. 

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"No way. I did not expect this honestly, so yeah, I'm honoured. It's really nice. 

"I'm so happy. I can't put into words how happy I am. It's really nice to be awarded this trophy," Saka stated. 

The Gunners star received the award at St. George's Park ahead of England's Nations League fixture against Italy on September 23. 

Bukayo has 18 senior caps for the Three Lions and has scored three goals. One of the goals he scored was during his birthday in September 2021 against Andora. 

In 2021/2022 Premier League season Saka registered 11 goals and seven assists for Arsenal. 

Saka is the first Arsenal player to win the award since its creation in 2003. He is also the youngest player to ever win the award.

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