England Under 21s took a hugely talented squad out to Italy for the European Championship, with high hopes of clinching the trophy.
But if 2017 and 2018 saw England make strides on the international stage at all age group levels, the period thereafter has seen stagnation.
And that continued for Aidy Boothroyd’s side, as they crashed out in the group stage, conceding nine goals and seeing opponents miss a further two penalties, and gathering just one point.
That solitary point came in last night’s 3-3 draw against Croatia, where the Young Lions took the lead three times, only for familiar frailties to display themselves at the back.
And after sitting out the first two matches – defeats to France and Romania – Reiss Nelson was handed a start last night and responded by opening the scoring from the penalty spot.
That got plenty of Arsenal fans on Twitter excited, as they want to see the teenager given regular gametime out wide next season, irrespective of who comes through the door during the transfer window.
Nelson certainly looks an exciting talent and Unai Emery could do a lot worse than giving Nelson an opportunity to prove himself – it could save him millions in the transfer market…
Start him please
— Jack (@jackb1248) June 24, 2019
Start every game next season idc who we sign
— Shambles FC (@Shambolicarsena) June 24, 2019
He is actually the best winger in the Senior Arsenal team
— Tk Mzee (@TakuMuzavazi) June 25, 2019
We have to keep him this season deserves to start on the right wing.
— James (@james121269) June 24, 2019
Just keep him, make him our new #7 and it’s happy days for everyone
— Charlie Hansson (@Hansson_charlie) June 24, 2019
Would be so much better if he was on target for the Arsenal #JustSayin
— Sophie Nicolaou (@soccerdiva) June 24, 2019
Announce him on the senior team
— Charles O Simeon (@COSimeon) June 24, 2019
He would have scored v Chelsea
— DenniSuarez Just On Loan (@DennisuarezL) June 24, 2019
Start u joke club🤬
— Agwu Obewu (@AgwuObewu) June 24, 2019
reiss regular starter needed
— adam (@PrimeHavertz) June 24, 2019
Start him and Iwobi please
— Sean Peaty (@seanpeaty) June 24, 2019