Emile Smith Rowe’s fine form for Arsenal has earned him a first call-up to England’s under-21s.
The young Gunner will be part of a 23-man squad that heads to Slovenia to take on Croatia, Portugal and Switzerland in the group stages of the UEFA U21 EURO Finals.
Having struggled with injury in the opening months of the season, Smith Rowe has featured 21 times since the last international break in November, registering six assists and two goals.
Such has been his impact that the 20-year-old midfielder was labelled a “breath of fresh air” by England boss Gareth Southgate who also praised Arsenal for the development of Bukayo Saka.
Smith Rowe is no stranger to England duty. He was part of the under-17 squad that won the World Cup in 2017 and most recently played for the under-20s.
Emile is joined in the squad by Eddie Nketiah who gets a call-up despite his lack of minutes in recent months. Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock, members of previous squads, have not been given the nod this time.
Due to Covid-19, this year’s U21 EURO sees the group stage and knockout stage held separately, rather than as just one summer finals.
The group stage involves 16 nations between 24-31 March with the four group winners and four runners-up qualifying for the knockout phase, which will be jointly hosted by Hungary and Slovenia from 31 May to 6 June 2021.
Goalkeepers: Josef Bursik (Stoke City), Josh Griffiths (Cheltenham Town, loan from West Bromwich Albion), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)
Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Marc Guehi (Swansea City, loan from Chelsea), Lloyd Kelly (AFC Bournemouth), Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Steven Sessegnon (Bristol City, loan from Fulham), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur), Ben Wilmot (Watford)
Midfielders: Tom Davies (Everton), Ebere Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion, loan from Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Oliver Skipp (Norwich City, loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Attackers: Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)