Some of Arsenal’s young loanees are on international duty over the next week or so, as they step up their development.
Throughout a series of friendlies and qualifiers for UEFA or Olympic competitions, a number of our young stars will gain invaluable experience on the international stage.
The United States are still in the process of qualifying for the Olympic games in Rio next summer, and have called upon Gedion Zelalem to help the cause.
Currently on loan at Rangers, the teenage midfielder will face Brazil u23s twice over the next week. The USA team only finished third in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, so face a two-legged play-off against Colombia in March for a place at the Olympics.
Zelalem was left on the bench for a crucial game against Honduras back in, which the USA lost. Maybe now he will begin the chance to establish himself in the squad, despite being the second youngest player called up.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Dan Crowley & Tafari Moore
Once again, both midfielders have been called up to the England u19 squad, as has versatile fullback Tafari Moore.
Crowley has recently been recalled from a loan spell at Barnsley, while Maitland-Niles has continued to impress at Ipswich Town. Moore is a member of the Arsenal u21 which has started brilliantly, and also features in the u19 team who are unbeaten after four games in the UEFA Youth League.
England face the Netherlands and Japan over the course of the break.