Forward Bukayo Saka has been awarded the title of England Men's Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, as announced by the English Football Association on Tuesday.
Saka, who plays for Arsenal and is 22 years old, earned the distinction of being the standout player of the 2022-23 season based on the votes of fans. He outpaced midfielder Jude Bellingham and striker Harry Kane, who secured the second and third positions, respectively. Saka, who made his debut for the England national team in October 2020, managed to score seven goals in 10 matches during the past 12 months while representing England, including three goals at the 2022 World Cup.
His remarkable contributions included being named the player of the match in England's initial 6-2 victory against Iran in Qatar. Saka also received this honor in the victories over Ukraine and North Macedonia during the Euro 2024 qualifiers, with the latter match featuring his first career hat-trick. Saka received the news of his award at England's training base, St. George's Park, as part of the celebration of his 22nd birthday. Notably, he was recently honored as the PFA Young Player of the Season and was included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
The English Football Association indicated that the England Women's Player of the Year for the 2022-23 season will be announced later in September.