Emile Smith Rowe can take into account himself unlucky to haven’t made the England senior squad.
That is the view of Arsenal legend Martin Keown who delivered his view on Gareth Southgate’s announcement forward of watching his former aspect in Europa League motion on Thursday night.
Earlier within the day, the England squad was revealed – with the likes of Harry Kane, Luke Shaw, John Stones, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all being referred to as up.
With Smith Roweselected for U21 responsibility originally of the week, he was by no means anticipated to be in Southgate’s plans for the triple-header later this month.
However, Keown thinks the 20-year-old is unfortunate to not be in Southgate’s plans after an ‘completely excellent’ affect on the Arsenal aspect post-Christmas.
In reality, the Gunners legend appeared to have disagreed with the England boss for selecting Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard – on mortgage at West Ham United – as an alternative.
“It’s fascinating that the England squad was named as we speak and Lingard made it into the nationwide crew,” Keown instructed BT Sport. “He’s finished exceptionally properly as properly, however I believe Smith Rowe is unfortunate to not be in there.
“Lingard has solely performed six video games since his mortgage interval, they’ve all been good video games, however the affect he’s had on the Arsenal crew – him and Saka – has been completely excellent.
“I see him as unlucky to not make the complete squad.”
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With that mentioned, Smith Rowe is content material with being with the U21’s as he broke his silence on the announcement as Arsenal have been crushed 1-0 by Olympiacos on the night time however nonetheless managed to seal a spot within the quarter-final due to a 3-2 mixture victory.
“I acquired a message from one of many coaches,” he instructed BT Sport. “It’s a extremely glad second for me and my household, I can’t wait to recover from there and get began.
“I used to be with my mum and pa on the time and I confirmed them the message. I’ve been ready for this chance, so I can’t wait to get began.”