Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson says winger Ben Marshall is a real talent
Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has challenged winger Ben Marshall to take his game to the next level.
The 21-year-old has been in outstanding form since he joined the club from Stoke in January and his performances have earned him a call-up to the England under-21 set-up for the final two games of qualification for the 2013 European Under-21 Championships next summer.
They play away at Azerbaijan next Thursday before hosting Norway, in Chesterfield, on September 10.
Team-mate Martyn Waghorn is also in the squad.
Pearson said international recognition was a great honour for Marshall but said it was only the start of the hard work for his young star.
"He has had quite an interesting last 12 months," said Pearson.
"For him it is still a case of work in progress. He is a young player with an abundance of ability and quite a special talent in being able to affect results.
"He is a match winner, but he still has plenty of scope for improvement."
Marshall and Waghorn aren't the only City players on international duty next week.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is one of three City players named in senior squads, having been called up by Denmark for their World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic.
Andy King and Sean St Ledger will be involved for Wales and the Republic of Ireland respectively.
Marko Futacs is in the Hungary Under-21 squad, while winger Anthony Knockaert will join up with the France Under-21 squad as they prepare for their tie against Slovakia.