Arsenal man criticises 'joke' decision to omit wonderkid from England's under-17 title winners

England are toasting European under-17 success, but one Spanish under-21 star has criticised Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles being overlooked in the team.

England's youngsters showed the country have reason to be positive in coming years, with the under-17 side winning the European Championship last night.

And what's more they did so on penalties, beating Holland 4-1 on spot kicks after a 1-1 draw on the night, with a goal from Chelsea prospect Dominic Solanke.

Arsenal youngster Tafari Moore featured in defence, but the absence of another Gunner, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, upset fellow Gooner, Spanish under-21 international Hector Bellerin.

Maitland-Niles explained on Twitter to his followers that he had simply not been selected, a disappointment given he played three qualifying matches for the tournament.

The tricky winger is an explosive talent who has been one of the biggest discoveries in Arsenal's youth team this season.

Only 16-years-old, he has become a regular for Arsenal's under-21 side, playing 14 games, scoring twice with three assists, and featuring eight times for the under-19s in the UEFA Youth League.

He even finished the season in form, with a goal and assist in the under-21s final game, a 3-1 win over Newcastle.

He is exceeding expectations at this point at Arsenal, which makes his absence from the England side perplexing, but the teenager will have to use missing out on this tournament as motivation to kick on and succeed, as proof nothing in football will be handed to him on a plate.

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