Arsenal youngster Josh Dasilva has been rewarded for his impressive displays at club level by receiving his first international call-up for England.
The talented teenager, 18, has performed well on a consistent basis as a deep-lying midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 formation for both the u18s and u23s when given the opportunity this past season.
He has also been pictured in first-team training on a more regular basis in the last few months.
It’s even more of a commendable achievement given the fact that Dasilva’s versatility saw him play in a range of different positions including as a striker in previous seasons. Now though, he has regularly played as part of a holding midfield duo and dealt with the challenge.
Included in the England u19 squad for their training camp in Spain, it is not clear yet where he will feature ahead of the European Championships at that age group, which takes place in Georgia next month.
Ronald Koeman has already confirmed that Everton midfielder Tom Davies, also 18, is not going to feature in the upcoming tournament as he needs a break before pre-season training starts in July.
He’s a key player within their squad and though his presence will be missed, this camp could be the perfect opportunity for Dasilva to stake a claim for a starting berth once the tournament begins.
Talented winger Chris Willock, who continues to stall over a new deal which expires at the end of June, has also been included.