Eddie Nketiah says it’s an honour for him to get the chance to captain the England u21s on Friday, as they play their Euro qualifiers.

Eddie Nketiah scores his second goal of the night for the England u21s
Eddie Nketiah scores his second goal of the night for the England u21s. (Photo via Nketiah on Twitter)

Aidy Boothroyd confirmed Eddie Nketiah would captain the England u21s tonight against Kosovo, with full details of the match in our Arsenal international break fixture list. Nketiah was clearly very happy with the decision.

“It’s been great,” Nketiah said. “Aidy let me know at the beginning of the camp that I would be captain and it’s a great honour.

“It’s something you dream of as a kid to play for England and to be able to captain this side, I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity. I’m grateful for the support Aidy’s given me and the support he’s shown in me. So hopefully, we can go out there and get the three points.”

Nketiah has an excellent record with the England u21s. He has eight goals in eight games for the side, plus a couple of assists as well. Of England’s 10 goals in the three qualifiers he played in, he scored five.

The 21-year-old is also earning more and more chances with Arsenal recently. He had a good run towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign, bar an unfortunate red card suspension, capping it off with an FA Cup final appearance.

The chances continued into the new season as he started the Community Shield match against Liverpool. A strong couple of games with the England u21s could keep the pressure on for another appearance when the Premier League kicks off next week.