Bukayo Saka, a midfielder for Arsenal, has warned his colleagues that they must play at the top of their game if they hope to defeat France in the 2022 World Cup quarterfinals.
Saka, who has now scored three goals on the greatest stage, is making his mark and is totally focused on France.
Here is a player who is actually living that goal as he prepares to receive his 24th cap against the world champions on Saturday in the quarterfinal.
Saka said: “I always allow myself to dream. Having watched the tournament as well growing up, I have a lot of memories. I remember South Africa 2010, the famous song (Shakira’s Waka-Waka) — it’s an amazing song.
“Things like that stick with you forever and as a kid, I just woke up after a dream and thought ‘I want to do this for real. I want to score a goal in a World Cup’. Now, of course, we have to believe we can win the World Cup. Right now, our focus is on the next game, France.
“I think it’s about finding the right balance because obviously it’s not just a normal game, it’s a World Cup quarter-final. At the same time, you need to prepare and do the same things the way you normally do so you don’t overthink and get too nervous.
“It has been a great experience so far, to achieve what I have and help my team with the goals I have scored is a really nice feeling”.