Saracens and England rugby player Alex Lozowski had a trial at Arsenal alongside Tottenham’s Harry Kane before joining Chelsea as a youngster.

The S*n report that Lozowski took part in a trial for under-9s, along with Kane and Benik Afobe. Although Afobe ended up staying with the Arsenal youth academy until he eventually left to play senior football with Wolves, Kane ended up joining Spurs and Lozowski moved on to Chelsea.

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Picture via The S*n. Alex Lozowski (bottom left), Harry Kane (middle row, third from right) and Benik Afobe (back row, second from right) all on trial with Arsenal

Lozowski and Kane then faced up against each other for their respective youth teams at under-15 level, but at 16 Lozowski’s football journey came to an end, as he told The S*n: “I was good enough to get by for six years and when they started giving out contracts and people were going full-time that was when Chelsea told me: ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’

“When I got released by Chelsea I basically stopped playing football and started taking rugby more seriously. Looking back now, I don’t think I was ever good enough to make it in the Premier League.”

The 24-year-old now plays for Saracens in rugby union, and has made 82 appearances at club level for three different sides, as well as making his first couple of appearances for England in the last few months.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane has won the last couple of golden boots in a row, and Benik Afobe is still playing Premier League football with AFC Bournemouth.

Often top athletes can move between sports without too many difficulties, as they have the physicality required already.

Arsenal have an example on loan at the moment in Cohen Bramall, who made the switch from sprinting to play for the Gunners. It seems it just wasn’t meant to be for Lozowski in football.

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