By Jonty Banks

26th Nov, 2022 | 2:04pm

Gabriel Agbonlahor names Bukayo Saka in his England all-time XI ahead of David Beckham

Gabriel Agbonlahor has picked Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka ahead of David Beckham in his all-time England XI on talkSPORT.

The 21-year-old winger has shone for the Three Lions on a regular basis since making his debut in 2020 and has already picked up 22 caps under Gareth Southgate’s regime.

The Arsenal youngster started his Qatar World Cup campaign in blistering style when netting twice in the 6-2 demolition of Iran – continuing his form from the Premier League which has helped propel The Gunners to the top of the League.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor made a bold assessment of Saka’s progress, stating that he would start ahead of former England talisman Beckham in an all-time England XI.

“Beckham played very well for England but this lad, Saka!

“Honestly, I rate him so highly. He’s one of the first names on the team sheet. He’s outstanding, quick, can score, look at his composure on Monday.

“I’d have Saka on the right [wing of an all-time England XI over Beckham].”

That Greece free-kick

Although Saka has been immense in an England shirt since bursting onto the scene as a vibrant teenager, Beckham’s class and ability to stand up on the big stage surely see him make the XI.

His free-kick against Greece in 2001, which ensured his country qualified for the World Cup would be enough alone to get him into the side, with the legendary winger creating a number of other memorable moments.

For Saka though, the fact he is being talked about in the same breath as Beckham highlights the massive strides he has taken in the past two years and now becoming one of the most feared wingers in Europe.

The Gunners superstar is likely to be a vital cog in Southgate’s run in the World Cup this year, and if England go deep in this tournament, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Saka deliver on the biggest stage.

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