ROLANDO Aarons worked through the summer to get himself in shape for the new season – and the winger’s hard work is paying off for club AND country.
Aarons forced his way into Alan Pardew’s first-team plans after impressing in pre-season.
The 18-year-old opened his account in the 3-3 home draw against Crystal Palace, and Aarons netted on his debut for England U20 in their 6-0 win over Romania last week.
“This summer I really worked hard – I didn’t go on holiday,” said Aarons.
“I stayed where I was and did a lot of work with a conditioning coach. It’s really helped me so far this season.
“I feel so much stronger and fitter – and it’s obviously paying off now.”
Aarons is now preparing for Saturday’s game against Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium.
“Now I am looking forward to going back to my club, trying my best to make the squad next week and hopefully impact the game like I did last weekend,” he added.
l REMY Cabella has high hopes of making a French shirt his own.
United’s £7million signing started for France against Serbia on Sunday.
Cabella – who joined Newcastle from Montpellier in June – set up Paul Pogba’s goal in the 1-1 draw between the countries in Belgrade.
Cabella had travelled to summer’s World Cup, but he didn’t make it off the bench in Brazil.
However, he is firmly in coach Didier Deschamps’s thoughts for Euro 2016, which will be staged in France, who do not need to qualify.
“I feel very good about this team,” said Cabella. “I have been integrated and now I will work to be part of the starting XI regularly.”