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England’s Young Lions face their hardest test to date against tournament favourites Spain in Gothenburg – can they improve on their 2-1 win over Finland?

Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen claims he will undergo a medical at Arsenal on Friday.

Although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has yet to comment on the speculation about the Belgian international, the player’s agent recently suggested a four-year deal has been offered to his client.

Vermaelen told Gazet van Antwerpen: “On Friday I will fly to London to have my medical.

“After that I hope to put pen to paper. Boy I feel so proud, Arsenal is a fantastic club and one that, as a child, I enjoyed watching play.

“Arsene Wenger stands for nice, attacking football and dares to work with young talents. That appeals to me enormously.

“Not that that tipped the scales though. When a club like Arsenal stands at your door, then you just go. When I get to the Emirates Stadium on Friday I will be hugely impressed.

“A lot will change in my life. Next season I will come up against the best strikers in the world. I am not scared by that, I will give all my body can give. This is one of the most beautiful days of my life.”

Vermaelen joined Ajax in 2004 and has made over 100 appearances for the club.

England’s Young Lions face their hardest test to date against tournament favourites Spain in Gothenburg – can they improve on their 2-1 win over Finland?

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