rsenal academy star Marcelo Flores has confirmed his international allegiance to Mexico, rejecting the possibility of playing for England or Canada.
Yet to make his senior debut for the Gunners, the 18-year-old impressed enough in the reserve squads to earn a place on Mikel Arteta’s bench earlier in the season, and already has two national team caps. Mexican after a number of appearances in their youth sides.
The player was born in Canada and is also eligible to play for England through his mother, and was contacted by the Three Lions over a possible call-up to their Under-16 squad earlier in his career.
On Monday, he released a lengthy statement confirming his allegiance to the country of his father, former footballer Ruben.
He wrote: “Existing as I do – coming from a multicultural background that identifies with several different countries – I think it’s normal to question your identity and sometimes even doubt your own origin.
“Canada and England are part of me, they made me who I am. I can’t lie, it was not an easy process.
“I love Mexico. My father instilled this passion in me from an early age and I had the chance to visit Mexico every year during my childhood.
“I’ve always been part of the Mexican national team system. That’s where I feel most comfortable. That’s where my sisters and I feel most comfortable, even when “home” is thousands of miles away.