Arsenal youngster makes competitive debut to confirm allegiance with Mexico

Arsenal youngster Marcelo Flores made his competitive debut for Mexico against Suriname in the CONCACAF Nations League overnight, ending any hopes that Canada or England could have had to tempt him away.

The 18 year-old is amongst the next generation of young Guns who are expected to get their chance to break through into the senior setup, and is expected to join up with the senior squad for pre-season this summer.

Mexico are certain off their belief in his ability, with him making his third senior appearance for his country despite the fact that he is awaiting a senior call-up at club level, when coming off the bench last night in their 3-0 victory, with the youngster missing from the penalty spot.

It had previously been reported that both England and Canada were interested in trying to tempt him to change his international allegiance, with him accepting a call-up to the Three Lions under-16s in 2019, and accepting a call from Canada 18 months ago before changing his mind to stay with his club.

He will now be hoping that his chance with Arsenal will be on the horizon after assuring his international future will lie with the Central American side.


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  1. Playing kids so young at international level seems weird. Maybe if they are the next Messi for sure but an untried kidd like Flores? They must have a high opinion of him. Saka and ESR did have some senior experience before they made their England bow. Carl Jenkinson 1 game Callum Chambers 3 games Maitland -Niles 5 games played for England but were never called up again.

    1. Depends on the calibre of the team. Mexico have declined a lot recently and probably want to secure as many talents as they can.

    2. I suspect it has less to do with Mexico having a high opinion of him and more to do with capping him a meaningless game before Canada (or to a lesser extent England) got a look in.

      Suspect he’ll now go back to playing in the Mexico U21s for a few years. No shame in that. Hope I’m wrong and he lights up the WC.

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