Tyreece John-Jules and Arthur Okonkwo continued to impress for the England u18s on Thursday, in a 2-0 win over Mexico.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Arthur Okonkwo of Arsenal in action during the Premier League 2 match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on April 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: Arthur Okonkwo of Arsenal in action during the Premier League 2 match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on April 15, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Starting his second game of the tournament, Okonkwo kept England’s second clean sheet of the group stage and his fifth in six matches for club and country. Meanwhile, Tyreece John-Jules made it two goals in two starts for the u18s at the event, scoring the second goal in the 34th minute.

Ben Cottrell and Vontae Daley-Campbell have also both featured in the group stage, and the four Arsenal stars will all be available for selection for Friday’s final against Spain. The Spain u18s won Group B ahead of Croatia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine, though they lost their final game, so the momentum is with England.

In total, Okonkwo now has four clean sheets in five games for England u18s, whilst John-Jules has nine goals and two assists in 10. Add that to their impressive club form and it’s clear the pair will be pushing for games at higher youth levels before long.

In terms of their club ambitions, Okonkwo should be promoted to become the u23s’ first choice goalkeeper, after such a strong campaign. John-Jules was already playing u23 football in 2018/19, but he was sometimes shifted out wide to accommodate the more senior Eddie Nketiah, and he didn’t get any competitive chances in the first team.

That should change next season, with Nketiah hopefully going out on loan. John-Jules can be the regular u23 starting striker, joining the senior side as their third-choice option whenever possible.

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