Reiss Nelson continues hot streak with sixth goal in 319 minutes for Hoffenheim and provides Gareth Southgate with another reminder of his England credentialsNovember 10, 2018
REISS NELSON continued his hot streak and provided Gareth Southgate a reminder of his England credentials against Augsburg today.
Just seven minutes remained when the 18-year-old popped up to fire Hoffenheim to a 2-1 victory in the Bundesliga.
Amazingly, that was on-loan Arsenal teenager’s sixth goal in just 319 minutes of action for the German outfit.
That makes it six in seven top-flight appearances for the in-form hitman, who penned a new long-term Gunners deal in the summer before departing for Hoffenheim for the season.
And the Bundesliga is not the only experience the starlet is getting, he has also appeared three times for the club in the Champions League.
Nelson’s form led to some speculating he would be included in Southgate’s senior squad this week for the upcoming clashes against USA and Croatia.
The Three Lions boss handed a debut to Jadon Sancho – another teen ace shining in Germany with Borussia Dortmund – while also calling up uncapped youngsters Mason Mount and James Maddison.
But Southgate left Nelson out of his 28-man squad as the forward remained in the Under-21s set-up.
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And the England chief issued a warning to the prodigy, saying: “He is doing okay with Hoffenheim and we think that he and some other players in the Under-21s have got big futures.
“He always impressed me in the match time he got at Arsenal, he always had a really good impact whenever he played.
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“I always liked his personality on the field and he is one of a number of attacking players who will push for places in the coming years, but he is not the only one and it is important we keep pushing him.
“I don’t want him to be thinking that he has just got to roll up and he’s the next one, because there is really good competition for places.
“Maddison and Mount won’t be there this time because of injury, but [Ryan] Sessegnon, [Demarai] Gray, [Dominic] Solanke and Phil Foden — you can go on.
“Then underneath that, you have got [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and Morgan Gibbs-White. There are some really exciting players coming through the system.”
But Nelson will be hoping to strengthen his claims for a call-up by continuing his form when the U21s take on Italy and Denmark over the coming week.
His matchwinner today lifted Hoffenheim up to fifth in the table.