Arsenal’s on-loan winger Reiss Nelson has been included in the England Under-21 squad while on loan at Hoffenheim, per the FA.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a productive season in the Bundesliga, scoring six goals and laying on one assist in 17 domestic appearances.
Nelson is named as one of seven attacking players by manager Aidy Boothroyd, alongside the likes of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
He has struggled in recent weeks in Germany, however, and was recently dropped from the squad to face Nurnberg.
Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann said, as reported by the Daily Mail, that it was an “educational measure” to leave him out, suggesting that there was no injury involved in his absence.
German outlet Sport1 add that there were “obviously disciplinary reasons” behind him being dropped.
Nevertheless, he will be eligible to play against Poland and Germany in the upcoming international friendlies.
Nelson has made a total of 16 senior appearances for Arsenal and is scheduled to return to the Emirates at the end of the season.
He has won a total of four caps for the Under-21s, scoring two goals.
This is surprising for a number of reasons, not least due to the axe wielded by Nagelsmann earlier this week.
If Nelson has disciplinary issues at his club, he should not be called up by his country.
That is an indisputable fact and yet there Nelson is, preparing to meet up with the Young Lions.
He has been in good form when he has played in 2018-19 but he has yet to prove his discipline and does not warrant his selection.
Nagelsmann is attempting to educate the youngster and England calling him up undermines those efforts and may well limit the potential of a player widely regarded as a wonderkid.
If the issues that are occurring in Germany are not resolved due to this news, then what is usually a huge boost for young players could end up seriously harming his development.