Charlie Patino faced off against Marcelo Flores on international duty at the weekend, as the England u19s took on the Mexico u20s.
As an academy based in England, it’s never much of a surprise that the majority of Arsenal’s youth international call-ups come from the English national sides.
That was the case once again this month, with seven Arsenal players called up by England youth sides. The list included Charlie Patino, who had the chance to face Mexico and Belgium over the break with the England u19s.
But Arsenal are a global club, and it’s a source of pride for the academy that a number of other countries also call up academy youngsters.
This time around, Marcelo Flores was one of those players, joining the Mexico u20s for their match against England.
Both Patino and Flores started the fixture, and the two of them found their sides well matched for the first 70 minutes, at which point Patino came off with the scores at 1-1.
Unfortunately for Flores, England managed to grab a couple of late goals to win 3-1.
Aged 17 and 18 respectively, Patino and Flores should still have a couple of years left at this level, if they aren’t called up in the older age groups before that.
With the way they’re both impressing for Arsenal, you’d expect them to continue to be involved for as long as their international coaches can have them.