The senior England squad has been announced for the upcoming international games with four Arsenal players being picked by Gareth Southgate. Bukayo Saka, Aaron Ramsdale and Declan Rice all called-up as you’d expect and the surprise one is Eddie Nketiah was named in the England senior squad for the first time.
England manager, Gareth Southgate has described Eddie Nketiah as a player with a “a lot of pedigree” after picking the Arsenal striker for the upcoming international games. The 24-year-old overtook Alan Shearer’s long-held record to become the England Under-21s’ highest-ever goalscorer, last playing at that level in 2021 and finishing with 16 goals in 17 caps.
Nketiah has scored in two of Arsenal’s opening three games of the new Premier League season, and has been rewarded with his first senior call-up.
Gareth Southgate on Eddie Nketiah: “With Eddie coming in, it is an area where we want to have a look at him. Young player with a lot of pedigree, really good finisher, and the record goalscorer in the Under-21s.”
Taking to social media after it was announced he had received the call-up, Nketiah tweeted: “It’s an honour to receive my first senior call up. Glory be to God – can’t wait to meet up with the squad!”
Mikel Arteta, in his press conference, took time to reveal how pleased he was with Nketiah getting his first England senior team call-up: “So pleased. If somebody deserves it, that’s him. I love his mentality, his work rate how much he loves his game. In this country, you have to be phenomenal to play there. So proud of him.”
Another seven Arsenal players have also been called for England duty at all different levels for the upcoming internationals.
Charlie Patino, currently on loan at Swansea City, and Brooke Norton-Cuffy, currently on loan at Millwall, have both been named in England under 21s squad. Reuell Walters has been named in England under 20s squad.
Lino Sousa and Amario Cozier-Duberry named in England under 19s squad. Lastly, Myles Lewis-Skelly and Ethan Nwaneri named in England u18s squad.