Wigan Athletic youngster Joe Gelhardt scored in England u18’s 3-2 win against Austria.
The 17-year-old forward is very highly-rated at the Latics, and is on the verge of breaking into the starting XI.
Gelhardt did score his first goal for Latics at Hull City last month, coming off the bench to rescue a 2-2 draw with a brilliant individual strike, which has got the club’s fanbase purring.
Wigan team mate Jensen Weir also started for England on Wednesday – a central midfielder that is destined for big things as well. Both Weir and Gelhardt featured heavily for the first-team in pre-season, and it won’t be long before they are playing regularly in the league.
With fans eager to see Gelhardt start at the DW Stadium, they will of been delighted to watch him score for England.
Let’s look at a few of their reactions to his performance and exceptionally quick goal for his national side…
He needs to start on Sunday
— Tim Cuthbert (@timhpcc) October 17, 2019
He should start against Forest he’s on fire.
— Peter Franks 🏴🏴😂 (@PeterFr18219205) October 17, 2019
This lad has to start for us soon… 🔵⚪️
— Jordan 🇸🇱 (@Jordan__wafc) October 16, 2019
I think sometimes you can be too careful with youngsters, I totally get easing them in but for me the lad came on at hull and scored, use the momentum in that and start him, it’s not like our current lot are banging them in anyway.
— dannyWAFClannon (@DannyLannon) October 16, 2019
He's playing for, scoring in and captains a young England Team, he's playing against the best young players in the World, what better CV does he need to start for @LaticsOfficial he's got to be first name on that team sheet.
— Alan Farrimond (@AlanFarrimond) October 17, 2019
We must nurture him though, don't want to put too much pressure on him and ruin confidence if it doesn't go too well. There's no doubt he's a hell of a player, but the club must continue to do the right things for his career. Meant to ask last night, what's his contract situ?
— Neil Sherratt (@AbramLatic) October 16, 2019
If he’s good enough, he’s old enough.
— Terry. (@wiganpierage) October 16, 2019