The one bright spot in an otherwise overcast start to the season for Newcastle United, Rolando Aarons could soon be kicking up a storm for England after opting to play for the Three Lions over the land of his birth, Jamaica.
Set to make his debut for the England under-20 side this Friday, the 18-year-old will use the game as to further build his confidence, following a great start to the season with the Magpies which has seen the winger get on the score sheet already.
A well taken header in front of the St James’ Park support, Aarons goal may not have been enough to help the Toon see off Crystal Palace in a 3-3 draw on Tyneside, but it could well have caught the eye of a certain Roy Hodgson.
No doubt keen to impress the England boss after opting to play for the Three Lions, Aarons will know that the long road to international glory starts by impressing at under-20 level and maintaining his form for the Magpies.
But despite the increased attention and praise being meted out on the 18-year-old, the former Bristol City youngster appears to be relishing the opportunity.
Aarons told the Chronicle: “England is a big opportunity for me and I want to go out there and play and impress and show how good a player I am. I’m buzzing. I can’t wait to go out and experience something new with England."
“This season has been crazy. I’ve gone from under-21s football to the first team and to under-20s with England in no time.”
Fast-forward another year and we could even see Aarons lining up for the senior England team – watch this space.