England call-ups show strength of Arsenal academy


Over the past couple of days England have named five squads across various levels ahead of the upcoming international break, with Arsenal having at least one player in each of them.

Bukayo Saka received his first call-up to the senior squad, where he was joined by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson, meanwhile, were included in the latest England U21 squad, although there was no place for Joe Willock.

In the England U20 squad, strikers Folarin Balogun and Tyreece John-Jules made the cut, with Miguel Azeez selected for the U19s.

There were four Arsenal youngsters named in the U18 squad as Charlie Patino, Omari Hutchinson, Daniel Oyegoke and goalkeeper Hubert Graczyk were all called upon.

Arsenal have a history of producing academy graduates who have gone on to play for England – with the likes of Ashley Cole, Tony Adams and Jack Wilshere.

While not all of those called up at youth level will go on to play for Arsenal and England at senior level, their inclusions are indicative of the strength of the academy at present.

There is more to come as well, with 18-year-old midfielder Ben Cottrell surprisingly overlooked for the U19s on this occasion, while the likes of Zach Awe and Brooke Norton-Cuffy have represented the Three Lions at younger age levels.

For a while there weren’t any Arsenal representatives in the England senior squad, but that has now changed and there could be several more callups in the not too distant future.

Jeorge Bird is the author of www.arsenalyouth.wordpress.com Follow him on Twitter @jeorgebird

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Holding has to be close, I also think if Chambers had not got injured he could have forced his way back in. Willock should feel disappointed and if Smith-Rowe was fit he would surely be in at least u20s.

Then there is the keepers, if it wasn’t for the lack of regular football, Okonkwo, Hillson and Tom Smith would all surely be in contention if the club had one of them as a regular keeper.

Let’s move Macey and Iliev on and let those 3 battle it out for 3rd choice for the first team in the U23s/U21s with Hein.


Holding has to be close, lol No way is he premier league standard , never mind international standard.
This is the problem with our rose rinted fans, every englishman is the new tony adams


I have to agree with you Gus. Holding has not really impressed talent-wise. No doubt he has the heart and drive of a typical English footballer, but the skill is lacking. This is where and why I prefer Chambers.
Holding is shaping out to be a higher grade Jenckinson ?


Holding as a central defender has been better than Chambers but when Chambers went out on loan he got valuable game time and publicity that he would not receive at Arsenal while Holding was not getting a run of games to progress. Yet 2 Fa cup finals against the likes of Hazard and Pulisic and England euro U21 Winners says something.



Pear tree productions

With the current standard of English Centre backs such as, Stones, Keane, Maguire, Mings and the like, I would suggest that Holding is fairly close.
Probably only Gomez who looks like the real deal, and that is probably down to the club side he is playing for.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Hope it shows strength of our first team soon.


That’s the important point. This young talent has got to be given a chance to move up into (eventually, if good enough) the first team. Too many youngsters have been let go too soon – and still are if the success Greenwood is having at Leeds is an indicator. We can’t keep all the good ones, but we need to keep more of them particularly now when money is tight.

Dave cee

I thought Cottrell is Welsh?

Teryima Adi

Great development