Chrissy Willock has been speaking to the FA about what it feels like when he beats his man on the pitch.
The Arsenal youngster started the England u18s game against the Netherlands on Thursday last week and will be hoping that he’s done enough to impress Neil Dewsnip ahead of the World Cup in Chile next month.
“We produced two very good but different performances,” Willock said.
“The first one was hard, but we played really well first half and secured a good win.
“When I came on in the second game I found it difficult as we were down to 10 men, but the team as a whole worked so hard and did well to get the draw.
“We all showed two sides of our game in the games, and sometimes you have to do that. We know we can play well and dominate possession, and we did that in the first one. We showed what a footballing side we are.
“But sometimes in football you have to really dig deep and we had to do that in the second game. We had to show a bit of grit and determination to get a result and we are all pleased that we managed to do that.
“I like to beat players.
“Every time I beat a man it gives me joy inside if that makes sense.
“It’s a good feeling when I can do that or a trick to get past them and help the team out in attack.”
Willock signed scholarship terms with Arsenal in the summer of 2014 and it’s safe to say there is a lot of hype around the tricky winger despite only being 17.
Speaking in pre-season last year, Arsene Wenger said “He’s a very young boy and I wanted him to have a run-out with the big boys to see how much he has to do.
“But technically and tactically he integrated very well. Of course it’s natural that he lacks a bit of power at that age but when he gets that he will be a very interesting player.”
Willock was also included in Arsenal’s pre-season plans this season, travelling with the squad to Singapore.
His younger brother Joe is also at Arsenal while his older brother, Matthew, plays for Manchester United.