Eddie Nketiah (Getty Photographs)
Eddie Nketiah admits he’s humbled to be
talked about in the identical breath as Alan Shearer after changing into England Underneath-21s’
The Arsenal striker scored his 14th objective in
simply 12 Underneath-21 video games to clinch a 2-1 win over Turkey and cross Shearer and
Francis Jeffers’ mark.
He scored with two minutes left at Molineux
on Tuesday, having missed a penalty 5 minutes earlier, as England clinched a
place at Euro 2021.
Nketiah was simply six when Shearer, who
scored 260 Premier League objectives, retired in 2006 however is aware of the significance of
being talked about with him.
“I’ve seen a number of clips of Alan Shearer
taking part in, he was an ideal participant and holds the Premier League goalscoring document,
which is phenomenal,” mentioned the 21-year-old, who hit a submit along with his 82nd-minute
“It’s an honour to be round his identify. I
have a protracted option to get to the place he was. It’s an honour to have damaged his
“It’s early doorways however there’s much more to
give, I can play higher, there’s much more in me. It’s about pushing myself
day in, day trip.
“To interrupt the document is a good feeling and
one for me and my household to be pleased with. It is going to be an evening I’ll bear in mind.”
Nketiah equalled the Younger Lions’ objective
document after scoring in final week’s shock Three-Three attract Andorra.
His historic strike on Tuesday got here after
Huseyin Turkmen’s personal objective gave Aidy Boothroyd’s facet an opener earlier than
goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale saved Halil Dervisoglu’s penalty.
Dervisoglu grabbed a stoppage-time
comfort however England, high of Group Three, reached subsequent yr’s championships
with two video games to spare.
The teams in Hungary and Slovenia will likely be
held in March, with the knock-out phases in Could and June after UEFA rescheduled
the match amid the coronavirus disaster.
Nketiah mentioned: “It’s a pleasant feeling and
one thing we’ve been working in the direction of. We’ve had some superb outcomes. We have been
disillusioned with the Andorra recreation and wished to place issues proper.
“We’ll look ahead to the Euros, we’ve obtained
two extra video games to arrange and ensure we’re proper.
“We needed to dig in, however we maintain excessive
requirements, we’re good gamers and it’s good to take a look at and be harsh.
“We might have performed rather a lot higher within the
two video games, however we now have certified.”
– TEAMtalk media