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Arsenal starlet Marcelo Flores could make World Cup debut for Mexico before playing a minute for Gunners

ARSENAL prodigy Marcelo Flores could play at the World Cup before even making his senior debut for the Gunners.

The 19-year-old attacker left Ipswich Town for Arsenal in 2019 and has shone in their development side.

Marcelo Flores could play at a World Cup before even featuring for Arsenal

However, he has headed out on loan to Spanish second division team Real Oviedo this term without yet making an appearance for his parent club.

Flores, who is the son of former Mexican player Ruben, was born in Georgetown, Ontario which made him eligible for Canada.

And due to his mother’s English descent, who was also called up to an England U16 get-together three years ago.

During that period he has also represented Mexico at youth level and made his senior bow for the nation off the bench in a friendly match draw with Chile last December.

He then fully-pledged his international allegiance to Mexico with a lengthy statement in May.

Flores wrote on Instagram: “Existing as I do – being from a multicultural environment who identifies with several different countries – I feel it’s normal to question your identity and even sometimes doubt your own origin.

“Canada and England are a part of me, they have made me who I am. I can’t lie, this hasn’t been an easy process.

“I love Mexico. My father instilled this passion from a very young age and I was fortunate to visit Mexico every year during my childhood.

“I have always been part of the Mexican national team system. It is where I feel most comfortable. It is where my sisters and I feel most at home even when ‘home’ is thousands of miles away.”

The ace then made his competitive bow for them in a 3-0 CONCACAF Nations League win against Suriname in June and has added another cap since.

Now the 5ft 5in dynamo will be hopeful that he can make the plane for Qatar next month to represent his country at the World Cup.

Mexico kick-off their Group C campaign against Poland on November 22.

They then take on Argentina before a final group clash with Saudi Arabia on November 30.

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