/Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal star is ready for England call up

Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal star is ready for England call up

Former England star Rio Ferdinand has told Gareth Southgate to give Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson an international call up.

Nelson’s season-long-loan spell at Hoffenheim has proven to be a great success as their youngster develops away from home.

Ferdinand has urged Southgate to continue to blood youngsters into the Three Lions squad and believes Nelson, along with a couple others, is ready to step up.

Rio wants to see new faces in the England team

“Because of the youngsters,” he told The Sun when asked what makes this England team special.

“Southgate gets it, the excitement and pride it gives to fans to see young players in their team. There’s huge potential there.”

“As well as Hudson-Odoi and Sancho, I want to see Phil Foden play,” he said.

“Everyone’s talking about him. Same with Reiss Nelson.

England’s Reiss Nelson in action with Poland’s Bartosz Kaputska (Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs)

Manchester City’s Foden, 18, has featured 23 times for the club’s first-team this season, scoring six goals.

While 19-year-old Nelson has an almost identical record during his season on loan at Hoffenheim from Arsenal , scoring six times in 24 appearances.