Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe is one of the surprising breakthrough youngsters of the season and the 21-year-old was rewarded with his fine club form with an England call-up earlier this week.
Marcus Rashford was named in Gareth Southgate’s original squad for their games against Albania and San Marino but amid his withdrawal, Smith Rower was given the nod in his absence.
The exciting midfielder has now offered some insight into his childhood as he admits former Manchester United star David Beckham is his England hero.
“I’m gonna go for Becks,” he told the official England YouTube channel when asked who his England hero was. “I have to. I have to say Beckham. The set-pieces, the free-kicks, all that. Everything about him, I have to give it to him.”
SN’s verdict on Smith Rowe’s comments…
It’ll come to no-one’s surprise but with the younger generation slowly but surely becoming England regulars, a large portion of them will have been influenced by footballers from the early 2000’s – and they didn’t come much bigger than David Beckham.
The classy winger made a name for himself in the red of Manchester United and despite some lowlights, also became a fan-favourite on the international stage.
Smith Rowe’s playing style doesn’t resemble Beckham’s as much as you would think but the Arsenal star will be lucky to replicate Beckham’s glowing career – he’s certainly had a good start to it.