Arsenal’s Tyreece John-Jules is catching the eye after scoring goals in all of his three matches over the international break, showing great form for the England u18s.
The England u18 side were taking part in a four-nation tournament over the break, facing the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and Belgium in the space of five days.
Against the Netherlands, John-Jules was involved from the start and gave England’s 10 men the lead in the 13th minute. He scored from the penalty spot after his side’s goalkeeper was sent off early on.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold onto that lead, given the man disadvantage, and the first game ended 2-2. Arsenal full-back Vontae Daley-Campbell also started the match, with goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo and striker Folarin Balogun coming off the bench.
For the next game against the Republic of Ireland, John-Jules started on the bench, with Balogun given a start instead. Daley-Campbell also made the starting eleven again.
England fell behind, but John-Jules came off the bench to score twice in the 75th and 78th minutes, turning the match on its head. Balogun also scored in the 90th minute to round out a 3-1 win.
Finally, the England u18s faced Belgium, with John-Jules returning to the starting XI. Once again, he opened the scoring for the young side, with a goal after 18 minutes. Balogun replaced him for the second half, and Daley-Campbell also started and came off at half-time, as u18 boss Neil Dewsnip tried to give all his players a chance.
The England u18s won that final match 3-1, meaning they also won the tournament. A fantastic international break for John-Jules in particular, and one which may well earn him a chance in the higher age groups next time around.