Norwich City starlet continues England progression - and sets sights on future senior caps
Max Aarons enjoyed a successful night with the England Under-21s to return to Norwich City in high spirits.
The right-back set up Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi for the first goal as the Young Lions thrashed Austria 5-1 in European Championship qualifying.
Aarons' cross was volleyed in as England claimed the lead in the 12th minute at Stadium MK, home of Milton Keynes Dons, the town where the Canaries ace grew up.
The 19-year-old also played a role in the build-up as Eddie Nketiah made it 3-0 before half-time, with the Arsenal striker scoring three of the goals.
Mixed with plenty of nice movement, pace and flicks, it was a positive performance from Aarons as he won his fourth cap at U21 level.
Having recently missed two Premier League games with an ankle injury, which was picked up while on England U21 duty last month, City fans were relieved to see Aarons replaced on the hour mark.
Speaking in the England programme ahead of the game, City's starlet spoke about his rapid rise through the national system, having won seven caps at U19 level last season.
"It's gone so quickly, it's been such a turnaround from jumping up through the age groups and then into the first team at Norwich, but I've relished it and I've totally been loving it," he said.
"Hopefully I can just keep the progression going and playing and performing with my club. The target here with England is to keep pushing and hopefully reach the senior squad one day, but to do that I need to do well with the under-21s and we've got some good games coming up."
Having been taken off at half-time of a 2-2 friendly draw in Slovenia on Friday, manager Aidy Boothroyd made sure to look after City's young prospect.
With the Canaries also publishing photos online yesterday of Tim Krul, Alex Tettey, Mario Vrancic and Onel Hernandez back in training, Aarons' seemingly safe return adds to some welcome good news ahead of Saturday's trip to Bournemouth.