Eddie Nketiah has been told to become an Arsenal goal-scoring regular if he wants to break into Gareth Southgate's England senior squad.
The U21 star needs one goal against Turkey on Tuesday night to become the all-time record Young Lions scorer, nudging ahead of Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers.
Aidy Boothroyd, the U21 coach, says Nketiah has “an aura” about him, and has to get to the point of fans and coaches knowing he will convert when he gets a chance, to be trusted with jumping to the next level.
England will clinch a place at the Euro finals starting in March with a win, as Nketiah goes for his landmark, and Boothroyd will field his strongest XI.
He said: “Eddie is destined for some big things. How far can he go? He will have to be playing regular games for his club and be scoring goals.
"I've had him for two and a half years now and we've seen him get stronger and stronger as he has gone along.
“Hopefully we can see him make that next step becoming a regular with Arsenal, and be a regular with the seniors.
"He has work to do but he can go on and do really well."
Nketiah has two goals for the Gunners this season and nine in total. He grabbed five on loan at Leeds early last year mainly used off the bench.
Boothroyd added: "Shearer? There are always comparisons. You look at Alan's career and Harry Kane. Where Eddie is concerned if he gets to the point when like those two players that you know he is scoring.
"That is when you make the step from good young player to top senior. He is not quite there yet but not far off.
“The first thing to know is his personality and his persona around the lads. He has an aura of responsibility and leadership about him. He is a natural.
“All the players like and respect him. If you were putting someone up to say what you want young England players to look like then it would be him.
“But he does score and creates. I counted a previous game he made 20 runs before he got the ball. He had patience. Some get frustrated.
"He is driving between the lines and trying to find that inch that gets you the goal. His movements and his whole game is improving.
“It is really important to be playing for your club. It is key. The players have to have the technical ability, physical ability and need that consistency, in training sessions and matches.”
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England want to bounce back from a chaotic 3-3 draw with Andorra last week.
Boothroyd added: “The squad was down. Individual mistakes. We could have been braver going forward with the ball. No excuses. We go as strong as possible.”
Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale said: “It was a tough game in different circumstances in Andorra with the pitch. We’ve learnt that no matter what surface we’re playing on, we need to be on top of our game and need to adapt.
“We’ve learnt that, even if they are bottom of the league, teams can hurt us. We had an off day, which hasn’t happened a lot. We’ve had seven or eight games, and that was our first slip-up.
“We’re still undefeated and we go into the Turkey game knowing if we win we qualify with two games in hand.”
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