• Arsenal would like Saka to rest during international break
  • Arteta said winger was ‘not available to play’ at the moment

Gareth Southgate is hopeful that Bukayo Saka will be available for England’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy next Tuesday despite the winger missing Arsenal’s victory over Manchester City with a hamstring injury.

Saka is due to report for England duty on Monday afternoon but Arsenal have misgivings over him not being allowed to rest during the international break. Mikel Arteta made his feelings on the matter clear after Sunday’s game against City, saying the 22-year-old “was not available to play football at the moment” and would not be fit to represent his country.

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