Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been called up to the England u21 squad.
The midfielder will be part of a squad that will play European Championship qualifiers against Scotland and Andorra during this international break.
It’s Maitland-Niles’ second call-up to the u21 squad, after he was involved in their previous qualifiers against the Netherlands and Latvia.
The 20-year-old is part of a new generation of English talent that had a highly successful summer.
He was a member of the squad that won the u20 World Cup during the summer and has successfully stepped-up to the next level along with several of his team-mates.
He has received a handful of first team appearances so far this season, albeit in a position he’s not too familiar with.
Arsene Wenger decided to field him as a left wing-back against Cologne and BATE Borisov in the Europa League, and against Doncaster in the Carabao Cup.
With Nacho Monreal being an important part of Arsenal’s three man defence, it seems Wenger now sees Maitland-Niles as his back-up for Sead Kolasinac.
Maitland-Niles will likely be used as a central midfielder for England, and will be competing with the likes of Josh Onomah, Harry Winks, and Tom Davies for a starting spot in Aidy Boothroyd’s team.