Arsenal starlet Smith Rowe opens up on 'surreal' England selection

Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe says he was left speechless by his selection for the England national team last season.

The Gunners academy graduate has three caps for England following his debut against Albania in November last year.

“It [was] a bit surreal to be honest,” the 22-year-old told England Football.

“It’s crazy just being around the place and with all the players. I am so happy to be here and I am just going to enjoy it as much as I can.

“This is probably the biggest achievement I have had in my career so far.

“It is just different. Coming to St. George’s, being on a different training pitch… it is crazy. I am a bit speechless to be honest.

“I don’t know what to say about it all yet because it still hasn’t really sunk in yet that I am actually here.

“Gareth called me and said ‘congratulations, you have been called up to the first team’ – I didn’t know what to do.

“I was starstruck at the time. I was stuttering, I didn’t know what to say. I just said ‘oh wow, thank you so much’.

“I ran downstairs to my mum and told her and she couldn’t believe it. She thought I was joking. It was very emotional but she was very proud of me.

“After that I called my dad straight away to tell him the news and he was buzzing for me as well

“I am really close with my dad too and I like to be a family person. I am always with them.”