Aaron kicks off his fu­ture foot­ball ca­reer

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LOOK out Eboue. There’s some young home-grown tal­ent close be­hind you! Aaron Barnes has been se­lected to train with the Arse­nal Youth Academy af­ter im­press­ing tal­ent scouts at the Dana Cup, in Den­mark, in July, where the 11-year-old cap­tained his team all the way to the fi­nal, even­tu­ally los­ing out to a Ger­man side. Aaron, who is a pupil at Sh­er­nolds School, Maid­stone, had pre­vi­ously played with the Kent Elite side, but now trav­els to Lon­don three times a week to train with the Arse­nal Un­der-11s. He also jour­neys all over the coun­try for their league matches on Sun­days while still work­ing hard to pre­pare for his 11-plus exam in Jan­uary. His fa­ther, Al­bert Barnes, said: “It’s a lot of hard work, but Aaron has a tal­ent and he en­joys play­ing.” But Mr Barnes, of Prince Charles Av­enue, Walder­slade, mod­estly re­fused to take any credit for his son’s skills. He said: “I’m a crim­i­nol­o­gist with the Lon­don Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Board. He’s not got it from me.”

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Aaron Barnes, 11, who plays for Arse­nal un­der-11s

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