14 October 2020 02:37
Eddie Nketiah fired himself into the record books as England U21s all-time top scorer – as the Young Lions secured their place at the Euro U21 finals next year. The Arsenal star thought he had blown his chance of a 14 goal in the U21 shirt when he fired an 85 minute penalty against the post. But he made amends three minutes later when he was played in by Ryan Sessegnon and dinked home. He jumped one clear of Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers on 13 and has done it in just 12 games. It was nice to get the three points firstly but to get the record and be alongside those names and players, it is a dream come true." Boothroyd is likely to take this winning side which includes Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jude Bellingham to the finals, where England need to buck the recent trend of underachievement.
They took the lead after good play from Ryan Sessegnon who broke down the left wing after 17 minutes. Oliver Skipp switched play, drilling wide to full back Justin, who had an excellent game, winning England's penalty. It has been a hectic season so far - so make sure you don't miss a single thing by signing up for the brilliant new Mirror Football newsletter! All the latest transfer news and big stories will land straight into your inbox. The Leicester man sent Sessegnon into the box with a sharp pass, and the on loan Hoffenheim winger's cross was deflected for an own goal off the knee of Turkey centre back Huseyin Turkmen.
To get the record and be alongside those names and players is a dream come true. England U21 manager, Aidy Boothroyd, added to BT Sport: 'Eddie Nketiah is in esteemed company with Alan Shearer. Nketiah helped England beat Turkey 2-1 (Picture: Getty) England took the lead at Molineux through Huseyin Turkmen's own goal, which was deflected from Ryan Sessegnon's cross. Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale impressed for England, keeping out Halil Dervisoglu's penalty, but the Turkey striker netted a consolation late on. On England's performance, Boothroyd said: 'I am pleased we have qualified but we as a group can do better than what we showed.
November (final qualifying games) is a key time for us to get the lads together and make sure we are even better in our preparation and even better in our performances and finish qualifying on a high.' Aidy Boothroyd's side have booked their place at the U21 European Championships (Picture: Getty) The group stages of the U21 European Championships will take place in March and the knockout stage will be played from May 31 to June 6. Nketiah has made 43 appearances for Arsenal's first-team, featuring in all four of the Gunners' Premier League matches so far this season. Eddie Nketiah officially became the all-time leading goalscorer in England U21 history as he helped the Young Lions qualify for the European Under-21 Championship next summer. The Arsenal striker surpassed Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers' record of 13 goals when he scored in the 88th minute of a 2-1 win against Turkey on Tuesday evening. Getty Images - Getty 3 Nketiah has an outstanding scoring record for England's Under-21s The 21-year-old had the chance to break the record three minutes earlier, but missed from the penalty spot. Nketiah has netted 14 goals in just 12 appearances for the Young Lions and England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd has backed him to emulate Alan Shearer and Harry Kane. Speaking before the Turkey win, Boothroyd said: "You look at the career that Alan had and Harry Kane, who is our England captain now. "If Eddie can get to that point where like those two players, he's in on goal, and you know he's going to score consistently, that's when you make that step from young to senior player. Getty Images - Getty 3 Shearer scored 13 goals in 11 appearances while playing for England's Under-21s Getty Images - Getty 3 Kane has been England captain since 2018 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Goss Arsenal news: Arteta 'failed' with Ozil, Partey talks, Nketiah tipped for greatness questions Trippier faces FA hearing on betting charges as Southgate rues England withdrawal Headlines Trippier faces hearing, Ronaldo has COVID, Liverpool and Man United plans blasted made in chelsea Why Lampard will feel vindicated watching Chelsea's German trio in thriller neglect Arteta accused of 'failing to do his job' by exiling Ozil at Arsenal enhance Chelsea told to swap 'limited' Kante for England ace amid exit talk - 'Big upgrade' Nothing in it Southgate responds to rumours of row with Mourinho and Spurs over Kane confident Partey on feeling no pressure, getting Arsenal back to where they belong and more Sad to see Arsene Wenger breaks silence on Mesut Ozil's exile at Arsenal - 'It's a waste' info Portugal v Sweden live stream: How to watch Nations League tie - Cristiano Ronaldo out Shearer is the Premier League's all-time top scorer with 260 goals, while Kane regularly finds the net for Tottenham. Kane is on course to break Wayne Rooney's England goal record and become his country's leading scorer. Rooney holds the record with 53 goals, but Kane has scored 32 times in just 48 appearances. Eddie Nketiah has become England's record goalscorer at U21 level. The Arsenal striker went into tonight's clash with Turkey having scored 13 goals for his country, level with former Gunner Francis Jeffers and the little-known Alan Shearer. Despite missing an 85th minute penalty, Eddie had a late chance to break the record and did exactly that with a smart finish which you can see below. Congratulations to him, beginning a great week for the 20 year old as he prepares to score a winner against Man City on Saturday.