Ryan Ledson has told Everton’s official site that this season has been the toughest of his career to date.
The midfielder has captained England at Under-17 level, but he was omitted from the Three Lions' last two squads, now he is competing for a place in the Under-19 set-up.
It left the Toffees starlet feeling downbeat, but he was involved for England’s Under-19s against Holland last week – and he took his chance.
The 18-year-old scored England’s first goal in their 2-2 draw with Holland, and he was delighted to make an impact.
“It was a really hard time for me and probably the toughest so far,” Ledson said. “Not being in the first couple of squads was hurtful, but I knew I had to get my head down and work hard on the training pitch to earn another shot.
“I got that opportunity on Thursday, I think I did well and got the goal, so I’m really happy to be back.”
Despite Ledson’s struggles to break into England’s team at international level, there are still high hopes for him at both club and country.
The combative midfielder has been touted as one of the brightest youngsters at Goodison Park, and he will hope to break into their first-team soon.
Roberto Martinez has consistently given Everton’s prospects a chance in his first-team, with Ross Barkley, Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway all having key roles to play so far this term.