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Ariyibi Reports Back from USA Action

11 September 2015

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Spireites winger Gboly Ariyibi celebrated his maiden call-up to the USA under 23s team with a goal in two substitute appearances for his international side.

The Virginia-born Ariyibi made a five-minute substitute appearance against England under 21s at Deepdale last week before playing 30 minutes - and scoring his first international goal - against Qatar at Gigg Lane on Tuesday.

Having previously appeared for the USA under 20s, Ariyibi enjoyed his bow with the under 23s, and caught up with some old friends in the young Lions side: "They had a good side and on paper they probably should have won, but we had a good US team as well and we played well in the first half. 

"I managed to catch up with Calum Chambers after the game as well as James Ward-Prowse and Matt Targett. It was good to see them as I've not seen them for a while.

"It was a great experience as well, to hear all the horns blowing, international games are very different so I was delighted to be involved."

After the England game Ariyibi made a quick return to Derbyshire to start for the Spireites in the weekend match with Wigan Athletic, before heading back to prepare for his next match with his national side.

He explained: "After the game against Wigan on Saturday I went back up to Manchester and did two days training with them and then played against Qatar on Tuesday. 

"I would have liked to have started that game but you need to take every opportunity when they come. The manager gave me 30 minutes and I came on and made an impact, I was in the right position and managed to get a goal.

"To be honest, I was just happy to score because I don't score that much. I was told to try and get some goals and now that's something I'd like to bring back here to the Proact and add to my game.

The USA under 23s side doubles up as the country's Olympic side that will head to Rio de Janeiro for the summer games next summer, something Ariyibi would love to be a part of.

"It would be great to be involved in that," he said. "I don't know where I am in their plans but hopefully I've done enough and with the timing I hope I've made the most of it."

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