Marcelo Flores will get the chance to make his debut for the Mexico national team in a friendly against Chile this week.

Marcelo Flores after scoring for the Mexico u20s (Photo via Mexican National Team on Twitter)
Marcelo Flores after scoring for the Mexico u20s (Photo via Mexican National Team on Twitter)

ESPN report that sources inside the Mexican National Team have informed them that Marcelo Flores will get a chance to feature in Mexico’s friendly against Chile, but he’s not yet set to play in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Mexico coach Tata Martino wants to get a look at Flores, and sources insist he’s called the youngster up on merit, not to try and tempt the player away from Canada.

The game takes place on Wednesday at 20:00 local time in Austin, Texas. Back in England, that’s Thursday at 02:00 GMT.

Earlier this week, the Arsenal Academy Twitter account confirmed that Flores would join the side, giving permission for him to be temporarily released from u18 duty for the call-up.

Charles Watts reported that the youngster would fly out on Wednesday, meaning he’s missing out on a few academy matches.

The Arsenal u21s beat Ipswich Town in the EFL Trophy on Wednesday, before the u18s lost to league-leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

The u18s kick off their FA Youth Cup campaign against Colchester United next Friday, and they’ll have to do that without Flores too.

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Marcelo Flores with the Revelations Cup and the Player of the Tournament award (Photo via Flores on Instagram)

Flores has the choice of representing Mexico or Canada (or England) at senior level, but he’s already started to make a name for himself in Mexico.

The Mexico u20s won the Revelations Cup over the last international break thanks largely to a Player of the Tournament performance from Flores.