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Folarin Balogun happy to throw himself into the deep end on loan at Reims



England U21 Media Day – St. George’s Park – Tuesday September 20th

Folarin Balogun admits he threw himself into the deep end at Reims as he tries to overcome the language barrier and Ligue 1.

The Arsenal striker has five goals in six starts on loan at Stade Auguste-Delaune, despite being fourth down after winning in eight games.

He won praise from Thierry Henry for going to France and took advice from team-mate Nicolas Pepe, now on loan at Nice, before making the move.

Folarin Balogun has scored five goals in six loan spells at Reims (Martin Rickett/PA)

Balogun is now with England Under-21 ahead of Thursday’s friendly in Italy and Tuesday’s game against Germany in Sheffield, and believes the jump to France has already changed him.