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Morning.

England are through the semi-finals of the Euros after a penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland, and there are lots of things you don’t need me tell you this morning.

You don’t need me to tell you it was another performance to endure, rather than enjoy from Gareth Southgate’s team. You don’t need me to tell you that once again Harry Kane was abject, a player whose presence is a net-negative for his team, much like Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal. You don’t need me to tell you that despite more possession and more shots overall, England barely threatened the Swiss goal.

And the thing that you – as Arsenal fans (mostly) – don’t need me tell you the most, is that Bukayo Saka is brilliant, and his moment of quality rescued his team. I could expand on the other things you don’t need me to tell you, but who needs that much negativity on a Sunday morning? The focus today should be 100% on Saka and what he produced yesterday.

With England 1-0 down to a 75th minute Breel Embolo goal, it looked like curtains based on everything we’d seen up until that point. The plodding, staid nature of the performance had been exacerbated by Southgate’s refusal to change anything, even though certain individuals were so far below par it was almost disrespectful to the subs who weren’t being considered. The goal forced him into a triple change, and perhaps the slight alteration in shape played a part, but I think all credit has to go to Saka for what he did.

Picking up a pass from Declan Rice, he was outside the right-hand corner of the box, a position we’ve seen him in so often for Arsenal. We’ve also seen him do this: taking responsibility, stepping inside, and firing home a shot which has the power and precision to leave any goalkeeper helpless. It reminded me a bit of the one he scored against Man Utd last season (or the season before??. Either way, a piece of individual brilliance drew England level – his celebrations with Arsenal teammate Aaron…

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