Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on loan at Ipswich

By Amir Mir

Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored a spectacular long-range effort for England Under-20s in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brazil at St George’s Park.

The Arsenal midfielder scored the goal in front of the watching England manager Sam Allardyce, as the visitors went on to win the game 4-3 via a penalty shoot-out.

Brazil forward Richarlison opened the scoring after 31 minutes at England’s training ground, but Maitland-Niles equalised with seven minutes remaining.

Here is the 19-year-old scoring his spectacular effort.

Maitland-Niles was on loan at Championship side Ipswich Town last season where the versatile midfielder made 32 appearances in all competitions for Mick McCarthy’s side.

The highly-rated youngster has made three senior appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side, including a 45-minute spell against Galatasaray in the Champions League in 2014/15.

He is currently playing for Arsenal in the newly-formed Premier League two, with the England youngster making three appearances so far this season.

Maitland-Niles will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow academy graduate Alex Iwobi as he tries to cement a more regular place in Arsenal’s first team.

In other Arsenal team news, Freddie Ljungberg has hailed Jack Wilshere and revealed the midfielder has been given a game target for Gunners return.