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Euro 2024: Relive the build-up to England’s semi-final

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Euro 2024: Relive the build-up to England’s semi-final

Saka’s hometown rallies behind England’s star boypublished at 16:54

Jared Evitts
BBC Newsbeat, reporting from west London

I’m in Greenford in Ealing, home of England’s star boy Bukayo Saka – and unsurprisingly, you don’t have to go far to find a fan.

Daniel Bailey

“He’s such a light, he’s such an inspiration,” resident Daniel Bailey tells me.

“My son goes to the same school he would have been to and they’re celebrating him every day.

“And every day – even though I’m a massive Liverpool fan – my son will always come back and talk about Saka.”

He says it’s been “absolutely amazing” for the town to have a local on the world stage and resident Makeda Burton agrees.

Makeda Burton

“He’s such an inspiration for the kids,” she says. “For everyone, really.

“It just goes to show how the youngsters of today can be resilient, how they can be mature and take pressure on the chin, and just get it done.”

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