Arsenal starlet equals England U21 record with Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers

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It’s always wonderful when you get some strange names appearing together when it comes to record breaking, so this is definitive proof that being a star at youth level doesn’t guarantee success in senior football.

Until today the England U21 goalscoring record was jointly held by Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers, and history shows they had very different careers.

Shearer went on to become a Premier League legend as he secured the all-time goalscoring record, while Jeffers managed to play for 12 different clubs and never managed to score more than 7 goals in a single season.

They are now joined by Eddie Nketiah after he scored for England U21s as they somehow only managed to draw with Andorra:

There’s no doubt that this is an impressive achievement from the Arsenal starlet, while it’s fair to suggest that his career looks set to go somewhere between Shearer and Jeffers.

He’s certainly shown enough quality to suggest that he’ll be a Premier League striker for years to come and he might even improve enough to become a very good one, but it’s hard to see him going on to make an impact like Shearer did.

The U21s also have three more games to play before the end of the year, so he’ll be confident of scoring at least one more to ensure he’s out on his own as the record scorer.

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  1. I agree,that at this moment probably between Shearer & Jeffers. But, get him in the gym. Learn off Lacazette on holding up the ball to bring team mates into the game. Then with his instinct to get into dangerous positons and more strength he could be well on the way to be in the Shearer bracket.

    1. Absolutely right. I feel he sees his primary assignment at the moment is to dislodge Lacazette from the starting 11 which might distract him from learning and improving his game all round. He should work twice as hard and watch and learn from the seniors around him

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