Reiss Nelson’s top quality free-kick for the England u21s on Tuesday capped off a fantastic international break for Arsenal’s young players.
The international break is finally over, and for the Arsenal youngsters, it ended in style on Tuesday. Nelson, who extended his contract with the Gunners this summer before going on loan to Hoffenheim for the season, showed he’s worth the hype surrounding him with a sublime free-kick in his first ever start for the u21s.
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— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 16, 2018
That effort added to Nelson’s goal and assist in his substitute appearance for the side last week, but he was far from the only Arsenal starlet to have an impact for his country’s youth team.
Daniel Ballard scored one and helped Northern Ireland keep two clean sheets as they finished second in their Euro u21 qualification group. Unfortunately for the young defender, it wasn’t enough to qualify, as they lost out in the rankings of second-placed teams. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic effort by the side to win both games.
Robbie Burton didn’t take part in Wales u21s’ 2-0 defeat to Romania, but he won a starting spot for their 3-1 victory over Switzerland. Perhaps they’ll think twice about leaving him out next time!
Going down to the younger age groups, Joe Willock scored and assisted for the u20s, whilst Eddie Nketiah scored one in both games for the same side. Emile Smith Rowe got himself a goal and assist against Portugal for the u19s, and started their 6-2 victory over Macedonia as well.
Tyreece John-Jules scored in both games for the England u18s, and Sam Greenwood grabbed a goal in each of his u17 starts. Greenwood also got two assists in England’s 3-1 win over Brazil.
Overall, that’s 11 goals, five assists and plenty of wins to go around for the Arsenal youth stars. Let’s hope for more of the same when the majority return to the Gunners for u18 and u23 matches against Reading and Everton this weekend. As for Nelson, he must’ve earned another start for Hoffenheim by now.