Emile Smith-Rowe is Arsenal’s only representative at this year’s u17 European Championships in Croatia.
Having made 14 league appearances at u18 level for Kwame Ampadu’s side this term, he netted six goals and played an important role as Arsenal’s free-flowing attack came close to surprising Chelsea in the Merit Group, where they could’ve become league champions but for an away defeat at Cobham on Tuesday.
Smith-Rowe continues to progress with experience and having made his u23 debut during a 5-0 thrashing by Everton over an inexperienced side earlier in the campaign, it’s clearly spurred him on to justify why he is so highly-rated at London Colney.
He’ll be hoping to replicate the success that players like Reiss Nelson and Edward Nketiah have done in recent seasons, dealing well with a step-up in both quality and experience once called upon.
At this tournament, Smith-Rowe has had to remain patient for playing opportunities with a vast array of attacking talent on display. Second-half appearances during England’s last two group stage matches against Ukraine and the Netherlands will have given him added self-belief that he belongs with a group of Elite teenagers waiting for the opportunity to breakthrough at their respective clubs.
Smith-Rowe was an unused substitute on Saturday as England beat Republic of Ireland to seal a place in the semi-finals. Manchester City’s Jadon Sancho’s fourth goal of the 2017 finals was enough to defeat the Irish.
England play Turkey on Tuesday as they look to win the tournament for the third time.