Spain try to keep Patino away from England

Charlie Patino with Arsenal u23s against Crystal Palace (Photo via David Price on Twitter)

Cadena Ser writes that the Spanish Football Association is on Charlie Patino’s case, and they have already started working to convince him to join them over the England national team when he reaches senior international football.

Patino is eligible for Spain through his Spanish father, although he was born and raised in England.

The 17-year-old Arsenal player has so far played for England’s youth sides, even facing Spain as England’s Under-17 captain at the end of 2019. But it is obviously the most practical option when living and playing in England for his club.

It’s another matter once you get into senior football because you know you have to stick to whatever decision you make.

It is no longer just a question of choosing the best option in terms of logistics and development, it is necessary to choose the country that you want to represent on the world stage. Perhaps also the country which is most likely to give you the opportunity to represent them.

Spain and England are two great footballing nations, so there’s unlikely to be a huge difference in how many calls Patino has depending on what he chooses. But it’s hard to say what he thinks about where his heart is.

We’re probably all ahead of ourselves here. The teenager has yet to make his senior debut at Arsenal – although amid rumors he could make the squad this week – and he has yet to play in the older age groups for England.

The senior international debut for England or Spain is still a long way off.

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