Emile Smith Rowe started for the England U21s yesterday in their 4-0 victory against France U21s. Arsenal’s number ten hadn’t scored a goal in nine months before yesterday…
On the 51st minute, Morgan Gibbs-White found Smith Rowe who made a back-post run into the box and headed the ball into the back of the net to put his side ahead and finally get his name back on the scoresheet.
It’s been a difficult season so far for the 22-year-old, even more so after a terrific scoring campaign in 2021/22 where Emile Smith Rowe scored 10 goals & picked up 2 assists. Unfortunately due to recurring injury problems, the player hasn’t been able to build on that return this season, with him being out for over three months with a groin problem.
However the season isn’t over yet though & Emile Smith Rowe still has a chance to put his name on this memorable season for Arsenal with two months & 10 games still left of the season.
It appears the English midfielder is now back to full fitness, which can only be good news for Mikel Arteta, ahead of the run-in as Arsenal aim to win their first Premier League title in 19 years.
After the victory yesterday, England U21 boss Lee Carsley spoke on Emile Smith Rowe & his performance…
“I really like Emile, he’s a player with massive potential. I think he showed in patches tonight that he’s a top player, now he just needs minutes, to play games and trust his body to train and play at a high level.
He got about 65 minutes out there today, my plan will be that he gets more minutes on Tuesday.”
England U21s next game is on Tuesday against Croatia U21s & Emile Smith Rowe is expected to start again & get more minutes than the 65 he got last time out against France U21s.
The more minutes under his belt the better as Emile Smith Rowe continues to rediscover his form from last season where he was so clinical in front of goal and scored some big goals in Arsenal’s fight for the top four, which they only narrowly missed out on.
England U21 boss Lee Carsley also sent Emile Smith Rowe a message of motivation ahead of their game on Tuesday…
“I’ve always thought that he was a strong character, any player that goes through an academy like Arsenal, forces their way into the team and wears number ten for them has got unbelievable character, determination and desire.
That’s no mean feat, he deserves that because he’s a top talent, all he needs now is a run of games and that confidence and belief that his body’s capable of doing it.”