Karl Hein has been named in Estonia’s squad for the upcoming international break despite his relatively minimal involvement for Arsenal so far this season.

Karl Hein of Estonia during the International Friendly, Länderspiel, Nationalmannschaft match at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence. Date: 11th November 2020. Picture: Jonathan Moscrop / Sportimage
Karl Hein of Estonia during the International Friendly, Länderspiel, Nationalmannschaft match at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence. Date: 11th November 2020. Picture: Jonathan Moscrop / Sportimage

Estonia announced their latest set of call-ups for the upcoming international break this week, and Karl Hein was once again named in their squad.

Estonia are set to face Malta and San Marino over the September break, their final Nations League group fixtures. Estonia currently top the group with six points, ahead of Malta – also on six points but having played a game more and with worse goal difference.

A couple of wins would see Estonia promoted to League C, so it’s an important international break for the side.

It’s good to see Hein involved, because he hasn’t played a huge amount over the first couple of months of the season.

The goalkeeper was seemingly injured for much of July and August, not featuring in pre-season or the early games of the new campaign, either in the first team or the u21s.

Hein then made his return in a couple of u21 games in late August, playing 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Brighton before keeping a clean sheet against Cambridge United.

After that, the 20-year-old got his first call-up back with Mikel Arteta’s side, making the bench for Arsenal’s win over FC Zurich last Thursday.

Karl Hein with Arsenal
Karl Hein with Arsenal

Hein played both games for Estonia over the last international break in June, keeping a clean sheet against San Marino and saving a penalty in a 2-1 over Malta (though he was also credited with an own goal).

The national team clearly have a lot of faith in the young Arsenal goalkeeper, and he’s set to get further chances to impress in the coming weeks.

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