Leeds United striker Mateo Joseph made his debut for England under-20s last night, his first appearance as a youth international.
With the international break underway this week, plenty of Leeds’ squad have jetted off to represent their countries, and the England youth setup has Leeds representation at a number of levels.
The England under-20s saw Mateo Joseph named in the squad, as he opted to be selected for the Young Lions, while he is also eligible for Spain.
How has he got on?
The Leeds striker made his debut last night for the under-20s, with a 2-0 win over Germany coming thanks to a brace from Juventus’ Sam Iling-Junior.
Joseph wasn’t on the pitch for long as he replaced the match-winner in the 88th minute, but it was a special moment for him nonetheless.
He posted this message on Instagram:
His England youth teammates were keen to congratulate him for a landmark moment in his career.
Those commenting included Manchester City’s Liam Delap, Tottenham’s Dane Scarlett, Chelsea’s Carney Chukwuemeka, and Sheffield United’s Daniel Jebbison:
Will Leeds stay up?
It’s great to see that Joseph’s performances for Leeds at youth level are being recognised not only with his senior debut for us this season, but also recognition on the international stage.
We have an incredibly talented striker on our hands that I expect to have a real say in our season in 2023/24.
Hopefully, under-20 manager Ian Foster hands the striker more of an opportunity in the next two fixtures coming up.