Marcelo Flores has yet to establish himself in Arsenal’s U23 team, but the talented youngster is already a senior international.
The 18-year-old, who is also eligible to represent England or Canada, featured as a late substitute as Mexico drew 2-2 with Chile in a friendly which was played in America.
While it was only a fleeting appearance for Flores, it was still a significant moment for the youngster, who will hope that he will go on to enjoy a lengthy career on the international stage.
As far as domestic matters are concerned, Flores has been one of the star performers for Arsenal at U18 level, impressing with both his creativity and his composure in front of goal.
Flores’ involvement with Mexico means he will be absent when Arsenal U18s get their latest FA Youth Cup campaign underway tomorrow with a trip to take on Colchester United.
Arsenal have players who can fill in for Flores, such as Charles Sagoe Jr, but the attacking midfielder will still be a big miss.
Having gained international recognition, Flores will now hope that he can make further progress at Arsenal as he aims to make more appearances for the U23 team, having made his debut at that level at the end of last season.
Interestingly, Arsenal now have four senior internationals in their academy if players on loan are also taken into account, with Daniel Ballard (Northern Ireland), Karl Hein (Estonia) and Omar Rekik (Tunisia) having also been capped by their countries.