Brennan Johnson is one of only two Nottingham Forest players to be away on international duty this week.
The 18-year-old scored on his debut for Wales Under-21s against Belgium. It could’ve been even better for the youngster, but he wasn’t able to convert a few other good chances.
Johnson has previously represented Wales at both Under-17 and Under-19 level, but this was his first appearance for the Under-21 side. It certainly wasn’t a bad way to make his mark.
According to the Daily Mirror, England manager Gareth Southgate is now ready for a ‘tug-of-war’ to snap up the midfielder.
Both Southgate and the Football Association reportedly see Johnson as a star of the future and will be looking to persuade him to commit to the Three Lions. This is something they were able to recently do with Declan Rice, who had already played at Under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland.
There’s no doubt that this is a huge compliment to the youngster’s development. To be in the mind of England’s first team manager can only be a good thing.
However, it’s a big decision for the youngster to think about at such an early age. The 18-year-old has already featured for England at Under-16s and Under-17s level, but has since featured for Wales at Under-19s and Under-21s level.
His father, David Johnson, featured for England’s ‘B’ team before making four appearances for Jamaica.
The midfielder may be back in action for Wales Under-21s against Germany when they visit the Racecourse Ground on Tuesday. This will be another huge test for Wales in Group I.
Johnson is certainly highly-rated at the City Ground, especially by Sabri Lamouchi. The Frenchman has already given the youngster his Championship debut, as well as two further opportunities in the Carabao Cup against Fleetwood Town and Derby County.
If the youngster continues to make an impression for the Reds, then the ‘tug-of-war’ for his international commitment may become even greater.