£58,000-a-week Chelsea man shares how Emile Smith Rowe performed in England training
In what is an exciting moment in his career, Emile Smith Rowe was drafted into the England squad after Marcus Rashford decided to withdraw.
Earlier today, Chelsea’s Reece James appeared in front of the cameras, where he was asked about Smith Rowe.
What’s the story?
Well, the £58,000-a-week Chelsea man was quizzed on how the 21-year-old performed in his first training session for England.
It was a positive report from James, who said that Smith Rowe played just like he’s been doing for Arsenal.
Football Daily quote James as saying: “I’ve always known he’s a top player. He came to Chelsea when he was quite young actually. This season he’s showing how good he is and why he’s been selected.
When asked what Smith Rowe was like in training, James added: “He’s what he’s like in games, you know. Everyone can see how well he’s been doing.”
It was nice of the 21-year-old to call Smith Rowe a ‘top player’ as well – clearly, the Hale End Academy graduate is rated by his peers.
Arsenal are taking over England
In Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, three Arsenal players feature in Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale.
In truth, with the exception of Smith Rowe given his lack of international experience, the latter pair should start for England, in our view.
So should Ben White, who is performing twice as well as Harry Maguire right now – bizarrely, the Arsenal No.4 wasn’t even named in the squad.
Should the Gunners continue to perform well, it’s quite feasible that Southgate adds all four Arsenal stars into his starting XI.
They all fit into areas Southgate uses, especially Ramsdale, who excels at passing out from the back.
Having been a laughing stock at the start of the season, Arsenal could soon take over the national team set-up.