After being left out of the English squad initially, Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal has received his first England call-up. The 21-year-old has been in sensational form for the Gunners this season, helping them make a massive comeback as they now rank fifth in the Premier League points table. Smith Rowe has arguably been Arsenal’s best player this season alongside Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, and Ben White.
While he was dominating the Under-21’s in both national and league level for his teams for quite some years, Emile Smith Rowe’s actual breakthrough came under Mikel Arteta as the gaffer put Emile in the starting lineup for the game against Chelsea in December 2020 where the attacking midfielder played a crucial role as the Gunners thrashed the Blues 3-1.
The ‘Croydon De Bruyne’ as Arsenal fans call him, receives this brilliant piece of news ahead of the international break as Gareth Southgate picks the youngster for the very first time in his squad. The Three Lions go up against Albania and San Marino and there is a very good chance that Emile Smith Rowe will make his debut for his nation at the age of just 21.
The Arsenal forward arrived at St. George’s Park on Monday having initially been scheduled to join the MU21s in Burnley but due to the absence of Mount and Rashford who have been ruled out of the international break get replaced by Smith Rowe.
Which other Arsenal players are included in the England squad?
Other than Emile Smith Rowe who has got his first call-up, teammates Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka have been called up as well. Both Saka and Ramsdale have been part of the English squad for quite some time now and are expected to be very vital for their team in the coming years.
With 20 points to their name, the Gunners are well in for the hunt for the top 4 this season as Mikel Arteta’s men will look to continue their unbeaten streak against Liverpool after the international break.