Rolando Aarons speaks about England U21 call-up and Benitez impact

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The Newcastle United wide man has earned more international recognition.

Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons has been speaking to the club’s official website about his inclusion in the latest England under-21 squad.

The 20-year-old has had an interesting campaign to say the least, getting chances in the Magpies’ first-team early on before suffering a serious injury that ruled him out for around four months.

When he returned, then-manager Steve McClaren played him at left-back where – unsurprisingly – he looked out of his depth and now he is learning from Rafa Benitez who replaced the former England boss last week.

Aarons is a wonderful talent but he has not really got going at St James’ Park this season and it will be interesting to see how much he features for Newcastle between now and the summer.

But whatever happens he has the chance to impress for England’s under-21s later this month, which is something he has admitted he has been building up to.

Speaking to nufc.co.uk, Aarons said, “It’s something I’ve actually been looking towards this season and I’m happy to have made the squad. It’s an honour.”

The Newcastle winger also spoke about the impact Benitez has had since arriving at the club, adding, “It’s given us a lift – the type we need going into the last nine games.

“Tactically we’ve changed a little and you can see by the Leicester game that we defended a bit better.”

That said it is time to start getting more points on the board, starting this weekend against Sunderland.

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