Hosts England got their U17 European Championship campaign underway today with a 2-1 victory over Israel in Chesterfield, and five of the six Arsenal players in the squad were in action.
Xavier Amaechi, who has enjoyed an excellent campaign at club level, was perhaps the game’s standout performer as he frequently caused problems for the Israel defence.
Bukayo Saka, meanwhile, also made a major impact and won the penalty from which Thomas Doyle put England ahead.
Saka, who commenced the game out wide, switched to left-back during the second half and demonstrated that he is effective defensively as well as in an attacking sense.
Israel equalised through a penalty of their own when Dan Lugassy scored just before the break.
England, however, proceeded to make it 2-1, with Arsenal’s Vontae Daley-Campbell crossing for Matthew Daly to score what proved to be the winning goal.
Having started the game in the unfamiliar position of left-back, Daley-Campbell thrived when he switched to his usual right-back berth.
Another Arsenal prospect, Tyreece John-Jules, started the game before being replaced by his club team-mate Folarin Balogun, while Trae Coyle was an unused substitute.