Emile Smith Rowe played the final 23 minutes as England under-21s secured a 1-0 win over Nuno Tavares’ Portugal in the quarter-finals of the European Under-21 Championship.
Newcastle’s Anthony Gordon scored the only goal of the game on 34 minutes to secure the Young Lions’ safe passage to the tournament’s final four for the first time since 2017.
England will face Israel in the semis, a team they beat 2-0 in the group stages. On the other side of the draw, Spain will face
either France or Ukraine.
Tavares will now head off on holiday for a couple of weeks before returning to pre-season training in time for Arsenal’s tour of the USA.
It’s widely expected he’ll leave the club, either on loan or permanently, despite his agent suggesting the full-back is keen to stay at Emirates Stadium.
“Nuno is still under contract at Arsenal,” said a representative when quizzed on a link with Galatasaray.
“He wants to stay in the team but we’ll see what happens in the future.”
💥Galatasaray’ın gündeminde yer alan sol beklerden Nuno Tavares’in temsilcisiyle konuştum.
🗣️”Nuno’nun Arsenal’de kontratı devam ediyor. Takımda kalmak istiyor ama gelecekte ne olacağını göreceğiz.” ifadelerini kullandı.
— Tibet Töre (@berktibettore) June 30, 2023
Smith Rowe’s involvement with England means he could miss the German leg of the Gunners’ summer preparations.
If England under-21s reach the final in Georgia and Romania, that will take place on 8 July.
Mikel Arteta takes his side to adidas HQ in Herzogenaurach for a training camp around the 10th July before the club face Nurnberg in the first of five pre-season friendlies.
Elsewhere, midfielder Miguel Azeez is being linked with a move to Barcelona B.
The 20-year-old has embarked on loan moves to Portsmouth, Ibiza and Wigan in the last couple of years but has struggled to make the kind of impact that suggests he has a future at Arsenal.
Talking of Wigan, they’ve snapped up Matt Smith, who was recently released by the Gunners.
Talking about his move, he said: “It’s a big opportunity for me to play for a club of this stature, and I’m buzzing to have got the deal done. I’m looking forward to the season and getting started.”