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Fifty-six days on from that shootout defeat to Italy, Saka leapt at the back post to head in England’s final goal of a Sunday evening stroll past the world’s 156th ranked side to mark his 20th birthday in style.

Saka, who is just 19, was tasked by Gareth Southgate with taking the last penalty in the shootout on Sunday night. Italy were crowned champions of Europe after Saka and two other England players, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, failed to score with their spot kicks.

The 21-year-old was conspicuous by his absence as the Three Lions made their final preparations for Sunday’s date with destiny against the Azzurri at Wembley.

Named in Gareth Southgate’s starting lineup for the Euro 2020 warm-up friendly against Austria, Saka shone at the Riverside Stadium as the Arsenal youngster made a strong case for minutes at this summer’s tournament.