Bukayo Saka scored twice in England’s 6-2 victory over Iran in Qatar surpassing Wayne Rooney who has just 1 goal in the World Cup.
The Arsenal star scored twice during his maiden World Cup appearance, the second and fourth goals for his country’s 6-2 thrashing of Iran.
Thus, Saka currently has a World Cup goal more than Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes who managed to score a goal each in the tournament before they retired.
Saka has scored eight goals for the Three Lions in 22 games so far and he is just 21-year-old. He will probably remain in Gareth Southgate’s starting lineup against Wales and the USA.
At the Khalifa International Stadium, the Arsenal attacker scored twice to lead the Three Lions to an easy victory. He was also named the player of the match due to his all round contribution to the win.
With his two goals, the 21-year-old broke Rooney’s World Cup record of just one goal for England.
Rooney, a legend for Manchester United, was only able to score once at the World Cup despite being one of just two England attackers with more than 50 goals.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup game which England lost 2-1 to Uruguay featured Rooney’s lone World Cup goal for the Three Lions.
Throughout his long tenure with the national team, the DC United manager made 11 appearances for England in the tournament.
Saka Leads England To High Start
All England required to get their World Cup campaign off to a strong start was two goals from the Arsenal Ace and one goal each from Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, and Jack Grealish.
Mehdi Taremi scored twice in the second half of the game, including a penalty kick in stoppage time, to give Iran some solace.
Currently leading Group B of the competition, which also includes Wales and the USA, are Gareth Southgate’s men.
Ayoyinka Bukayo T. M. Saka (born 5 September 2001) is an English professional footballer who competes for Premier League club Arsenal and the England squad as a winger, left-back, or midfielder.
One of the best young football players in the world, Saka is renowned for his attacking incisiveness and creativity.
Saka has played for Arsenal for his entire first-team club career, and during that time, he has helped the team win the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield while also developing into one of its most productive and important players.
He was selected the player of the season for Arsenal in 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons.
Saka competed for England at different levels of youth football before making his senior squad debut in October 2020. He is a member of England’s team for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and was part of England’s UEFA Euro 2020 squad.
Where Is Bukayo Saka From?
The younger of two children, Saka was born to Yoruba parents Adenike and Yomi Saka in Ealing, Greater London.
Prior to attending Greenford Good School, he attended Edward Betham Church of England Primary School. There, he earned high marks for his GCSEs, earning four A*s and three As.
Saka played youth football for the neighborhood team Greenford Celtic before signing with Arsenal.
His parents left Nigeria for London as economic migrants.
The impact of Saka’s father, Yomi, on his football career was expressed in an interview with Saka as follows: “He’s a tremendous inspiration for me. From when I was small, he always kept me grounded, kept me modest.”
His name, “Bukayo,” means “adds to happiness” in the Yoruba language that is spoken in southern Nigeria.