BE OUR PEA! England Want to Snap Up Mexican Wonderkid; EXCLUSIVE; 'I DREAM OF PLAYING IN EUROPE'

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ENGLAND coaches are on the trail of a Mexican striker they hope will become the nation's Javier Hernandez.

Chester-born Antonio Michael Pedroza Whitham, who plays in the Mexican Premier League for Jaguares de Chiapas, has been monitored by FA scouts over recent months as they plan for this summer's Under 20 World Cup in Colombia.

And the 20-year-old, who has been likened to Manchester United's Chicharito -- Spanish for 'Little Pea' -- because of his height, quicksilver feet and ability in the air, has admitted that he would 'accept the opportunity to play for England' should a call-up to the Mexico national team fail to materialise.

FA officials were alerted to the fact that Pedroza qualifies for England through his mother and place of birth.

Pedroza said: 'My dad is Mexican, my mother, English. I was born in England, but I came to Mexico when I was a boy. I feel very Mexican.

'I would be happy for this opportunity, I would have never expected to be considered to represent England's Under 20s. I love Mexico for the time I have spent here, but if I don't have an oppertunity

to represent Mexico I would accept the opportunity to play for England.'

The livewire forward -- nicknamed 'Rooney' by his team-mates because of his roots -- could even line up against England this summer as Mexico are in the same group as Brian Eastick's Under 20 squad.

He has had trial spells with Chelsea and Arsenal but is now attracting interest from Fulham. …