Gareth Southgate has warned Reiss Nelson against the idea that he “has just got to roll up and he’s the next one” to receive an England call-up.
Southgate named his latest England squad on Thursday, with Callum Wilson the only new call-up.
The Times were one of many to report that Southgate had ‘considered’ handing a nod to Nelson, who has 27 caps for England’s various youth groups.
Senior recognition is yet to come for the 18-year-old, but Southgate says the Arsenal forward, impressing on loan with Hoffenheim, has a “big future”.
“We really like Reiss,” Southgate said. “He is doing okay with Hoffenheim.
“We think that he and some other players in the Under-21s have got big futures.
“He always impressed me in the match time he got at Arsenal. He always had a really good impact whenever he played.
“I always liked his personality on the field and he is one of a number of attacking players who will push for places in the coming years.
“But he is not the only one and it is important we keep pushing him.
“I don’t want him to be thinking that he has just got to roll up and he’s the next one, because there is really good competition for places in that U21s group.”
Unai Emery is certainly happy with him.