Emile Smith Rowe Called Up To England Squad For First Time Ahead Of World Cup Qualifiers
Emile Smith Rowe Called Up To England Squad For First Time Ahead Of World Cup Qualifiers

Emile Smith Rowe, an Arsenal midfielder, has been called up to the England squad for the first time. Smith Rowe was supposed to be in the Under-21s team for Thursday’s Euro 2023 qualifier against the Czech Republic, and he arrived at St George’s Park on Monday to start training.

Due to the late withdrawals of Marcus Rashford, James Ward-Prowse, Mason Mount, and Luke Shaw, the Arsenal midfielder has been given his first chance to play for the first team.

Smith Rowe has five goals and two assists in his previous eight games for Arsenal, and his excellent form has earned him a first call-up from Gareth Southgate. Rashford has been ruled unable to play for England and will remain with United until he is fully recovered. Ward-Prowse has withdrawn from the race owing to sickness.

Following dental surgery, Mount is due to report for England training later this week, while Shaw is now on concussion protocol.

On Friday evening, England hosts Albania at Wembley Stadium before travelling to San Marino for their final Group I match in World Cup qualifying on Monday. At the top of the group, England leads Poland by three points. With 22 players, Southgate begins his preparation for the two matches.

Gabriel Magalhaes, another Arsenal player, has been called up to the Brazilian national team for the first time. The 23-year-old, who is regarded as one of the main reasons for Arsenal’s 10-match unbeaten run, has been called up to the Selecao squad as a substitute for the injured Lucas Verissimo for World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina.

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