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Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe hopes for a chance for England senior: “I just have to make sure I’m ready for this”

Gareth Southgate confirmed last month when naming his senior side for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary that the 21-year-old was “very close” to receiving a first call-up.

And those words were kindly received by Smith Rowe, who is motivated to continue to impress and seize this chance for England with just over a year to go for the 2022 Winter World Cup in Qatar.

“I am really grateful that he is [Southgate] talking about me like that in such a positive way, ”said Smith Rowe, per PA.

“But I have to keep working hard, keep my head down and I know the opportunity will present itself. I just have to make sure I’m ready for it.

“It’s always an honor to represent my country at any level. The seniors have a very strong squad right now so I always know it’s going to be tough.

“I just have to keep my head down and stay focused and keep doing what I’m doing and I hope I get this opportunity in the future.”