Arsenal’s Khari Ranson made his international debut with the England u16s this week, making two penalty saves in the shootout.
Arsenal’s Khari Ranson received his first England call-up this week, making the squad for a couple of friendly matches against Turkey.
The second of those games was on Thursday, and Ranson came off the bench to feature in a 4-0 win for England.
In the younger age groups, international friendlies often end with a penalty shootout even when the game has a winner, and that was the case here.
As a result, Ranson had a chance to take centre stage at the conclusion of the match, and he saved two penalties as England won the shootout.
Writing on Instagram afterwards, Ranson said: “I thank family, God and all the coaches for my first England call-up with hopefully more to come. Great experience out at St George’s with the boys.”
The chance to represent your country is always a big milestone for a young player, and ending the game with a clean sheet and a couple of shootout saves is exactly how you’d want it to go as a goalkeeper.
Ranson will now go on a Christmas break with the rest of the Arsenal academy, with no more club fixtures planned until January.