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Arsenal youngster tipped for success by Wilshere gets first international call-up

Alfred Mugabo-Martin has been called up the Rwanda national team at the age of 17.

A couple of months ago Jack Wilshere made it pretty clear over his aspirations for the future of one of his younger team-mates.

He proclaimed on Twitter that he was certainly excited at the potential of young teenager Alfred Mugabo-Martin in the youth ranks.

He proclaimed that we should watch out for the 17-year-old talent because he was; and I quote a #Decent #Baller.

Mugabo has survived the usual summer cull of youngsters at Arsenal FC and to make things even better for the young lad he has just received some very exciting news.

The teenager may have left his homeland Rwanda at the age of two but he is still certainly a proud Rwandan. He left his homeland just a year after the genocidal atrocities in the African country in 1994 and he has now been bestowed the ultimate honour for a footballer from the country; a call-up for the senior national side.

Speaking about the call-up Secretary General of Rwanda Football Federation Michael Gasingwa announced he had spoken to the players parents who gave the idea the green-light.

He went on to add:

‘’Following his promotion to Arsenal’s reserve team, we believe this is the right time to have him involved with the national team to avoid any possible obstacles to secure his services in future.’’

So the call-up is not entirely due to merit.

It seems the Rwandan FA are willing to call him up for the senior squad for a competitive international to cement his future as a player for The Wasps and not his adopted homeland of England.

Because despite representing the country at youth level that is not enough to prevent him one day deciding to pay for England; which according to the praise bestowed on him by Wilshere is a genuine possibility.

The positive thing for Mugabo to take from this however is that he is likely to be used head coach Eric Nshimiyimana in the fixture with Algeria in Kigali on Sunday; meaning he will be making his international debut at the age of just 17.

This will be an honour he will surely enjoy; even if the intentions are not entirely admirable.

Will you be looking out for Mugabo next season?

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