Rolando Aarons will target England future, says Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew

ENGLAND AIM ... Rolando Aarons. Picture by FRANK REID
ENGLAND AIM ... Rolando Aarons. Picture by FRANK REID

ROLANDO Aarons sees his international future as being with England – despite interest from Jamaica, according to Alan Pardew.

Aarons was yesterday called up by England’s Under-20s for their friendly against Romania in Telford on September 5.

The 18-year-old – who was born in Jamaica – was promoted to United manager Pardew’s first-team squad after impressing in pre-season.

And the left-footed winger has recovered from the knock which forced him off in the Capital One Cup tie against Gillingham on Tuesday night in time for tomorrow’s Premier League home game against Crystal Palace.

Pardew says Aarons’s international call, which came on the same day midfielder Jack Colback was selected for the senior England squad, did not surprise him.

“I think that’s less of a surprise at that level,” said Pardew.

“He’s really done well in pre-season, and he is a player that is so quick he is going to be very dangerous for the opposition

“He’s a player that will feature for us in the first team this year.”

Jamaica are also interested in Aarons, who came to England as a child.

“I assume knowing how confident the boy is that he’ll be setting his sights on England,” added Pardew, who also has high hopes for Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman.

Striker Armstrong and goalkeeper Woodman helped England win the European Under-17 Championship in May.

“We have three very good English players in Arma, Freddie Woodman and Rolando, who has just burst on the scene,” said Pardew.

“That’s really great for us, because they are three massive positions in the Premier League – a goalkeeper, a No10 and a wide player.

“They are like gold dust, so we are looking after them and making sure they do it right.”