Arsenal youngster Marcelo Flores has been selected by Mexico for next week’s friendly with Chile in Austin, Texas.
The 18-year-old attacking midfielder earns his first call-up to the senior squad having caught the eye at under-20 level.
🇲🇽 Marcelo Flores has received his first call-up to the senior Mexico squad
🗓 Our #AFCU18 midfielder will travel to Austin for Mexico's friendly against Chile next week
Congratulations, Marcelo! We're so proud of you 🥳 pic.twitter.com/1ObWCtvnBG
— Arsenal Academy (@ArsenalAcademy) November 30, 2021
Last week, Flores, who is also eligible to represent Canada and England, was named Player of the Tournament at the Revelations Cup after scoring in victories against Brazil and the United States.
The goals gave him an excuse to pull out a pretty incredible celebration that makes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s flip look old hat.
The teenager, a recruit from Ipswich in 2019, has also been impressing at Hale End, netting six goals in nine appearances for the Gunners’ under-18s.
Should he make his debut, Flores will join the growing number of kids who are quietly making progress at full international level.
Karl Hein has been a regular for Estonia, Omar Rekik made his debut for Tunisia in the summer and Daniel Ballard, currently on loan at Millwall, is in the Northern Ireland set-up.