Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe revealed that Chelsea rejected him as a youngster. Smith Rowe has set the league alight and was recently called up by Gareth Southgate to the senior England squad. He is currently the top goal scorer for Arsenal as well as the highest assist provider. Initially, he was snubbed by Southgate but received the call up after the withdrawal of key players such as Marcus Rashford, James Ward-Prowse, and Declan Rice.
“Yes, before I went to Arsenal, I went on trial at Chelsea through one of my teammates at my local team,” Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe said. “He was on trial there already and he put in a word for me. I don’t know how he managed it but I got a trial at Chelsea but I didn’t get in. It was difficult to take at the time, being so young, but I went straight into Arsenal after that and luckily I got in and I haven’t looked back since.”
“It is a dream come true [to be called up by England], I definitely didn’t expect it,” he added. “I was going into the U21s and I got a phone call the day before from Gareth to say I am in the first team. It was a great moment for me and my family. My mum was downstairs when he called and I was upstairs. I ran downstairs and told her straight away, it was very emotional. They were so proud of me and I couldn’t wait to meet up with the squad. Everything has happened so quickly but I try to keep my head down. It is surreal to be here and I want to learn as much as I can.”