Eddie Nketiah becomes England U21 record scorer as Young Lions qualify for Euro 2021
England Striker Eddie Nketiah celebrating a goal. (Photo/Getty Images:  by Simon Stacpoole)

England’s youngsters booked their place at next year’s UEFA U21 European Championships after beating Turkey 2-1 at Molineux on Tuesday night. 

Nketiah missed an 84th-minute penalty before calmly chipping in a record 14th goal at this level just four minutes later.

The hosts took the lead through Huseyin Turkmen’s own goal, after it was deflected from Ryan Sessegnon’s cross.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale impressed for England, keeping out Halil Dervisoglu’s penalty, but that didn’t stop the Turkish striker netting a late consolation goal.

The group stages of the U21 European Championships will take place in March and the knockout stage will be played from May 31 to June 6.

In the history books...

The Arsenal striker says it is a ‘dream come true’ after grabbing his record-breaking goal for his country.

The forward’s coolly chipped finish marked his 14th for the U21s in just 12 appearances, this is the greatest number of goals that any player has managed to net for the Young Lions, breaking a tie with Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers.

An overwhelmed Nketiah spoke to Bt Sport after the game, the striker said:

‘It is an amazing feeling. To get the record and be alongside those names and players is a dream come true.

It’s a proud moment for me and my family. Hopefully I can add to that total as well.’

England U21 manager, Aidy Boothroyd, added to BT Sport: ‘Eddie Nketiah is in esteemed company with Alan Shearer.

He is a terrific player and I genuinely think if he can have the career Alan has had he will have done really well!’

Back to Club Football

Nketiah’s attention will now turn to Arsenal and their huge Premier League fixture this weekend against Manchester City. 

The 21-year-old has made 43 appearances for Arsenal’s first-team and has featured in all four of the Gunners’ league matches this season so far.

Will we see Nketiah in the starting line up? He certainly is in consideration for Saturday’s match after a delightful international break. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side travel to the Etihad on October 17 as they look to continue their push for the top four.