Arsenal's Bukayo Saka forced to depart England squad


Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka has this evening departed the England national team camp, it has been confirmed.

Word had of course spread across the media over the last 24 hours that wide-man Saka had emerged as a doubt to feature for his country in their latest round of pre-World Cup friendlies over the course of the coming week.

This came amid rumours of illness on the part of the 20-year-old, albeit with it assured that little evidence had pointed towards the issue being Covid-19-related.

Unfortunately for both Saka and England alike, however, such reports have since proven to be wide of the mark.

This comes with confirmation having arrived on Thursday evening that, in fact, the youngster has tested positive for Covid-19.

Saka, in turn, has departed Gareth Southgate's squad with immediate effect, having remained in self isolation away from the rest of the Three Lions' stars since Wednesday.

A replacement will not be called up in place of the Arsenal man.

Swiss lie in wait

News of Saka's departure from the nation's camp of course comes ahead of a pair of England fixtures set to play out over the course of the next five days.

As Southgate and co. step up their preparations for the Qatar World Cup later this year, first up on Saturday night comes a friendly showdown with Switzerland at Wembley.

Then, three days later, history will be made, when the Three Lions play host to African outfit Côte d’Ivoire (The Ivory Coast), for the very first time.


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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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