The England U19s took on Denmark at Doncaster last night, and the star of the show was Arsenal’s young striker Chuba Akpom, who scored two goals despite only playing the first 45 minutes. His replacement, Reading’s Dominic Samuel, scored the third in the 3-1 win.
This means that Akpom has now scored five goals in four games for England this season, which augurs well for his future at Arsenal. He is now practically certain to be chosen for the European Championship Qualifiers later this year against Belgium, Scotland and Georgia although he isn’t taking it for granted just yet.
He said: “I’m really excited about the qualifiers. That’s why we play these friendlies, to try and impress and get into the squads.
“There are a lot of good players fighting to go, so hopefully I can play well enough to get into the squad.”
“There is a big difference between domestic and international football.
“When you play with England, it’s all the best players available and it’s tougher.
“There’s more competition and when you play against other countries, you’re playing against their best as well.
“So it puts you up against your own standards, to see how good you are. I think it’s a really good competition.”
Akpom is only 17 and only signed his first professional contract with Arsenal three months ago, and it looks like he could be the next young Englishman to join Wenger’s British revolution at the Emirates. He certainly looks like one for the future if he carries on performing like that!