Teenage West Ham talent says he 'wants to be like' Arsenal legend

Jahmal Hector-Ingram has high hopes for his future, hoping to follow in the footsteps of idol Thierry Henry.

England under-17s have been in action this week, taking part in the Nike International Tournament in Sarasota, Florida, USA.

Yesterday they defeated Australia 2-1, thanks to a goal from a promising member of the West Ham academy.

Jahmal Hector-Ingram came off the bench to score the winner and cause a buzz among followers of West Ham's infamous youth scheme.

He shined for the under-16s at the Montaigu Tournament in the summer and there is every hope he can go on to become a regular in the West Ham team an international set-ups going forward.

But speaking after the game he made it clear that his hero is in fact an Arsenal great. Thierry Henry is currently in the news himself. His contract at the New York Red Bulls is up and he has been linked with a return to Arsenal this winter.

Henry, Arsenal's record goal-scorer, certainly inspires a certain generation. Hector-Ingram is part of that.

Speaking to the FA.com the West Ham talent said:

"I want to be like Thierry Henry. I study him, and before every game I play I watch a good 15 minute clip of him.

"I try some of the things he does out on the pitch, and try to add a bit of my own style as well. Why not?

"That finish was my own style – but it did remind me a bit of Henry."

West Ham fans he goes on to become their very own Thierry Henry in years to come.

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