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England call for Benik

PUBLISHED: 17:41 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 12:32 11 August 2010

RISING STAR . . . Benik Afobe.

RISING STAR . . . Benik Afobe.

DAGENHAM wonderkid Benik Afobe will fulfil a footballing dream when he plays for England under-16s against Northern Ireland on Friday, writes Matt Diner. Afobe, from Woodward Road, is set to play up front for his country in the Victory Shield clash, that

DAGENHAM wonderkid Benik Afobe will fulfil a footballing dream when he plays for England under-16s against Northern Ireland on Friday, writes Matt Diner.

Afobe, from Woodward Road, is set to play up front for his country in the Victory Shield clash, that will be shown live on Sky.

The game takes place at the Ballymena Showground and the 15-year-old said: "I'm so happy and I just can't wait to play."

The striker, who has already played for Arsenal's under-18 team this season, scoring 10 goals in nine games, is a year younger than most of his England team mates.

"It is a dream to play for England, I was expecting it as I have done well at Arsenal, but it is still a great honour."

The former Jo Richardson schoolboy has been at Arsenal since the age of seven. He already trains full-time under the watchful eye of youth team boss Steve Bould, and plays with the likes of Gunners starlet Jack Wilshere for the youth team.

Afobe knows what he wants to achieve, both short and long term: "Hopefully I can go all the way, play for Arsenal and England," he smiled.

"This year I want to be a regular in the under-18s and also get more under-16 caps for England, that would be great!

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