Rolando Aarons has already caught the eye of the England selectors, and the 18 year-old was called into the England U20 squad and played his first game for any England side on September 5th, when he scored in England’s 6-0 win against Romania.
Rolando Aarons – after scoring for England U20 side against Romania
Although he doesn’t like the comparison that’s often made, he plays very much like another England youngster born in Kingston, Jamaica – Raheem Sterling of Liverpool – who has burst onto the scene for England and is currently one of our most promising players in the full England side.
It’s possible that Rolando will be quickly promoted to the England U21 side, and there is an upcoming friendly during the International break against Portugal, so perhaps we will see Aarons in that squad – a friendly seems a good time to give the lad his first cap at U21 level.
Certainly he’s already shown he’s got some tremendous talent when he plays for Newcastle, so why wouldn’t U21 manager Gareth Southgate give him a chance playing for the U21 side.
It’s not like England have a wealth of young talent coming through the ranks, and of course the performance of the senior side at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil was a real low for the country – the players were simply hopeless once again in a major tournament with the world watching.
With Gabby Obertan unfortunately now being sidelined for up to four or five months with a badly torn thigh muscle (how unlucky can you be?), we expect Rolando to be given a start at West Brom on Sunday, in the early kick-off game.
And if the youngster performs anywhere near his potential on Sunday, he will be a real handful for the West Brom side, now managed by former Newcastle coach Alan Irvine.
We could even get our 5th win in a row – and wouldn’t that be something.
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