Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe scored for the England u17s in their 4-0 win over Iraq, as they progressed to the knockout rounds of the World Cup.
England achieved a perfect record in their three group stage matches, following up a 4-0 win over Chile and a 3-2 win over Mexico with this latest victory over Iraq, to finish on top.
Smith Rowe missed out on the first two wins, but was handed a start for the final group game, and took full advantage, scoring early on in the second half to make it 2-0.
Emile played a nice one-two with Manchester United’s Angel Gomes to find space, and then confidently finished with his first touch for the goal.
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) October 14, 2017
The Eurosport co-commentator said after the goal: “I think he’s the player that’s deserved it probably more than most. He’s done some terrific work down that right-hand side, making these long strong runs.”
The 17-year-old’s good performance at the tournament comes off the back of some strong showings for the Arsenal youth sides. Emile has three goals in four games for the u18s, and as a result was handed his second ever start for the u23 side. That came at the end of September in their last game against Everton, before the winger was called up for England duty.
Smith Rowe signed professional terms with the Gunners over the summer, having been at the club since the age of 10.