Arsenal star Marcelo Flores, 18, skips England and Canada after being called up to Mexico’s senior squad for the first time

GUNNERS prodigy Marcelo Flores has been called up to Mexico’s senior squad for the first time.

NS Arsenal The U18 midfielder is also eligible to represent England and Canada.

Flores joined Arsenal's youth team formed from Ipswich in 2019


Flores joined Arsenal’s youth team formed from Ipswich in 2019Credit: Getty
He's famous for his celebratory acrobatics


He’s famous for his celebratory acrobaticsCredit: Getty

But the journalist Charles Watts reports that he has flown out to link up with El Tri, who will face Chile in a friendly next week.

Flores has previously represented Mexico at U16 and U20 levels.

He’s eligible through his Mexican father, but was born in Canada and was issued a British passport earlier this year.

That means he could still change his mind and switch allegiance to either of the latter, but only before making four appearances for Mexico.

He is also unable to transfer if he plays in a major league, and has to wait three years to switch to the national team if he gets a starting spot.

Flores previously spent time at the England Under-16s camp, although was unable to represent the Young Lions as he did not hold a British passport at the time.

The player has been in superb form in the Under-18 Premier League for Arsenal this season.

He has scored six goals and provided two assists in just nine games.


And his performance did not go unnoticed by the boss Mikel Arteta, who motivated him to train with the first team many times.

Flores was also voted Player of the Year at this month’s Revelations Cup against Mexico – a tournament for the under-20s – after scoring twice in three games.

It was that prolific form that earned him his first call-up to the senior first team, to the delight of the Mexican press.

However, his father Ruben insisted that his son’s performance came as no surprise.

I said SCORED: “The press and television gave him a lot of attention. But I don’t know why they were all so excited about it.

“Marcelo has had a lot of good experiences with the Under-20s. He’s been to a lot of camps in places like Denmark and Spain, and he’s always done well, so this really makes no difference. .

“Maybe it was because of the game against Brazil, when he played well and he scored. But Marcelo won’t let this get to him. He just wants to play. He loves it.” Arsenal star Marcelo Flores, 18, skips England and Canada after being called up to Mexico’s senior squad for the first time


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