4 Arsenal players feature in first round of England youth fixtures

CELJE, SLOVENIA: Emile Smith-Rowe of England controls the ball whilst under pressure from Nino Zugelj of Slovenia during the UEFA Euro U21 Qualifying match between Slovenia U21 and England U21 on October 07, 2021. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
CELJE, SLOVENIA: Emile Smith-Rowe of England controls the ball whilst under pressure from Nino Zugelj of Slovenia during the UEFA Euro U21 Qualifying match between Slovenia U21 and England U21 on October 07, 2021. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Four Arsenal players have featured with the England youth teams in the first round of fixtures, while Ryan Garry coached his first England u18 game.

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Interim Arsenal u23 head coach Ryan Garry watching on as his team faced Ebbsfleet United (Photo by Dan Critchlow)

Every England team from the u21s to the u18s has now played their first fixture of the international break, but Arsenal involvement was fairly minimal for those opening games.

The Arsenal youngsters were busiest in the England u21 draw with Slovenia. Emile Smith Rowe started the game and Tyreece John-Jules and Folarin Balogun came off the bench in the 70th minute, but they couldn’t find a late winner.

Balogun was bright and had a decent penalty claim turned down, and he’ll hope to start the next game now. Smith Rowe created one excellent chance which wasn’t converted, as both he and John-Jules both played out wide on the day.

Miguel Azeez came off the bench for the England u20s, in another draw. The u20s were playing Italy, and Azeez came on in the 71st minute.

Charlie Patino didn’t come on for the England u19s as they lost 3-1 to France, and Joshua Robinson was also on the bench for the England u18s as they lost to Norway.

That was former Arsenal interim u23 coach Ryan Garry’s first game in charge of the u18 side, and he’ll hope they can bounce back against Russia on Monday.

Fixtures and Results

Games are marked with H for home, A for away, N for neutral venue. All times in BST.

Wednesday, 6th October

  • (N): England u19s 1-3 France u19s – Patino didn’t feature.

Thursday, 7th October

  • (N): England u18s 1-2 Norway u18s – Robinson didn’t feature.
  • (H): England u20s 1-1 Italy u20s – Azeez played 19 minutes.
  • (A): Slovenia u21s 2-2 England u21s – Smith Rowe played 90 minutes, Balogun and John-Jules played the final 20.

Saturday, 9th October

  • 2:30pm (N): England u19s vs Mexico u19s

Monday, 11th October

  • 2pm (N): England u18s vs Russia u18s
  • 4pm (A): Czech Republic u20s vs England u20s
  • 7pm (A): Andorra u21s vs England u21s

Tuesday, 12th October

  • 3pm (N): England u19s vs Belgium u19s

Saturday, 16th October

  • 1pm (N): England u17s vs Armenia u17s

Tuesday, 19th October

  • 2pm (A): Belarus u17s vs England u17s

Friday, 22nd October

  • 1pm (N): England u17s vs Slovakia u17s