Jamie Carragher backed Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe to secure England’s senior caps after his outstanding performance against Aston Villa.
The 21-year-old has made himself a star of the future for the Gunners with his rise in recent seasons. In fact, after his breakthrough last season, he landed an exceptional new contract.
He followed this with two goals and two assists in nine Premier League games this campaign.
Two of these contributions arrived Friday’s 3-1 victory over Aston Villa. Smith Rowe assisted Thomas Partey in the first half, before adding Arsenal’s third goal after 56 minutes.
Talk to Air sports‘coverage of the match, Carragher backed the midfielder to step into Gareth Southgate’s England setup. Smith Rowe made his Under-21 breakthrough in March of this year and has played four times in that age group.
Carragher added that he believes Smith Rowe is the best Premier League player to run with the ball.
“He will get the England selection, absolutely no doubt,” Carragher said. “It’s a beautiful problem for Gareth Southgate to have with the abundance of young offensive players.
“There is no doubt that he will be selected for England, but he will have to bide his time, I love this boy, I always want him to succeed.
“And watch him at full speed with the ball at his feet. He’s the best Premier League player to run with the ball.
“He’s a particular talent, he can appear in different positions. If you are a young offensive player, you should now have the ability to play in the top four positions. And I think he can play all four and that’s a real bonus from him.
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In a lighter conversation, Carragher claimed an assist for Smith Rowe’s goal.
The expert spoke to Arsenal midfielder before the game, where he said he wanted to find more of the net.
Smith Rowe, Carragher’s Arsenal Cat
After winning the Man of the Match award, presenter Kelly Cates said, “?
“Definitely man, that gave me conviction today,” replied Smith Rowe, turning to face Carragher.
Carragher then asked, “Am I getting any help for this?”
Smith Rowe played along, adding, “Yeah, I’ll give you help with that. But honestly, I worked so hard in training and all that.
“I feel like you need that chance sometimes, it was a bit of a diversion but I’ll take it.”
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