Eddie Nketiah equals record held by Alan Shearer and Arsenal flop Francis Jeffers

Eddie Nketiah scored in England Under-21s 3-3 draw against Andorra
Eddie Nketiah scored in England Under-21s 3-3 draw against Andorra (Picture: Getty)

Eddie Nketiah scored the 13th goal of his England Under-21 career during Wednesday’s 3-3 draw against Andorra, in the process equalling a record held by Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers.

The 21-year-old appeared to have scored the goal which booked a place for Aidy Boothroyd’s side in next summer’s European Championships with a late strike, but the young Lions were robbed of maximum points when Christian Garcia pounced in injury time.

Boothroyd’s side are next in action against Turkey on this coming Tuesday and will no doubt look to Nketiah, who has now scored nine times in his last five appearances for the Under-21s, to continue his fine run of form at this level.

The Arsenal academy graduate spent part of last season on loan at Leeds but was recalled by the Gunners after he was afforded a lack of playing time by Marcelo Bielsa.

Nketiah has subsequently established himself as a firm favourite of Mikel Arteta’s and usurped Alexandre Lacazette in the Spaniard’s pecking order towards the end of the last campaign.

Eddie Nketiah scored the winning goal in Arsenal's recent win over West Ham
Eddie Nketiah scored the winning goal in Arsenal’s recent win over West Ham (Picture: Getty)

The Lewisham-born forward has started just once in the Premier League this term but came off the bench to poach a late winner in the recent win against West Ham and struck in the Carabao Cup victory at Leicester.

Gareth Southgae, meanwhile, is bless with forward options at senior level with this season’s Premier League top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin now in the mix following his spectacular run of form.

With Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham and Mason Greenwood all vying for places competition is as intense as it has ever been but Arteta believes Nketiah has the tools to force his way into the reckoning.

‘If he keeps performing in the way he has been with us in the last few months he will have a really good chance and as well, I think culturally, England and the manager are really brave with young kids,’ he said recently.

‘It’s up to them, they have to be consistent and keep doing what they’re doing at club level and then that opportunity will come in a natural way.’

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