Arsenal teenager Stephy Mavididi speaks about his confidence

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A player hoping to ultimately make the grade at Arsenal is currently on international duty with England's under-17s.

Arsenal youngster Stephy Mavididi has been speaking to the FA’s official website about how it feels to represent his country at under-17 level.

The 16-year-old centre forward has been playing for the young England side in their recent European Championship campaign and he now has the chance to fire them to October’s World Cup.

A play-off against Spain on Tuesday will decide England’s fate and the Arsenal teenager will be key having impressed at this level in the past, even if he is waiting for his first goal.

Mavididi explained when he found out about his initial call-up, revealing that his mood changed from one of disappointment to one of elation, the news coming shortly after a poor showing for Arsenal’s under-21s.

Mavididi has scored two goals in seven UEFA Youth League games for Arsenal this season, and he also has one goal in 10 under-21 matches. Not bad for a 16-year-old just starting out on the journey towards the Gunners’ first-team.

But whatever Tuesday's match brings, the player is clearly confident in his ability.

“I’m always confident I will score, but it would mean everything,” he said as he looked ahead to the play-off.

“That’s what a striker’s job is, and if I can get that goal against Spain, then hopefully it will fire us to the World Cup.”

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