Four of Arsenal’s talented youngsters have been named in Neil Dewsnip’s England under-18s squad, with two consecutive fixtures against Holland next month.
A few players who’ve burst onto the scene with their respective clubs feature, including the likes of Reece Oxford, 16, starred in West Ham’s 2-0 victory at the Emirates on the opening weekend Jay da Silva of Chelsea, who has been tipped by plenty of critics to succeed at the highest level, is also unsurprisingly included just like his club team-mate Iké Ugbo.
The 16 year-old forward has already established himself as a prospect for the future, having starred at all youth levels and he’s one of the attacking trio selected.
For Arsenal Ben Sheaf and Chris Willock have been listed as the midfielders from the young Gunners, whilst attacking duo Stephy Mavididi and Kaylen Hinds – returning from an injury with a brace against Derby – make the 21 player cut.
Sheaf, 17, has forced himself into the u21 side after a string of impressive performances over the past few months. Having signed his first professional contract in February, he’s become a mainstay in central midfield.
Willock, who can play on either wing as well as a lone forward role, has shown flashes of individual brilliance and his dazzling skills are eye-catching to say the least. Creating chances is something he does well.
Similiarly, Hinds can create and also finish his opportunities in-front of goal. With five goals in seven appearances (UEFA Youth League and u21 league combined), he’s shown plenty of promise as an attacking outlet, having impressed for the Young Lions too.
Lastly, Stephy Mavididi. Admittedly, the Derby-born forward has not scored as many goals as he’d like, the teenager would argue his case that he doesn’t get enough regular game time either. Reduced to cameo appearances last term, Stephy needs more time, which he could easily get with the England youth set-up.
The two friendly matches will be the last before they compete in the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile from the middle of October, where they’ll be competing against Guinea, Brazil and South Korea in Group B.