Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka has praised Wolves captain Conor Coady.

The pair are currently on international duty together with England, and are gearing up for games against Albania and San Marino.

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The Three Lions are expected to finish as group winners and qualify for the Qatar World Cup automatically.

Currently, they sit top of the group, three points clear of Poland.

It remains to be seen if Coady will feature this time around.

Realistically, one would imagine Gareth Southgate will probably turn to the Wolves star in the second game.

Currently, Coady has seven caps to his name.

Southgate is a big fan of the 28-year-old and what he brings to his squad.

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And Coady is a popular figure with his teammates too, with £30,000-a-week star Saka waxing lyrical about the Molineux skipper.

 

Speaking about vocal leaders, he said (Independent): “I think it is not just about being in your late twenties or in your thirties, it is also about the experience you have and being willing to talk and a lot of players here are willing to talk and encourage each other

“Conor Coady, for example, is a real leader – he speaks to us a lot, encourages us a lot and makes sure training standards are high and things like that are important for the team.”

Coady’s leadership qualities were on show for England during the Euro 2020 final.

He was one of the first players to go over and console Saka when he missed his penalty against Italy in the shootout.

Saka probably speaks for others

People will continue to question Coady’s capabilities as a defender.

But Saka’s comments suggest it goes beyond footballing ability why Southgate keeps picking him.

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It is vital to have people like Coady in a squad.

He may not play many games, or feature against higher quality opposition, but Coady is crucial for helping other players.

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