Arsenal star Smith Rowe scores massive goal in latest Euro qualifier win

EMILE SMITH ROWE’s shot proved he had no hump.

The 21-year-old Arsenal star could have been forgiven for being morose after being left out of England’s senior team and returning with the Under-21s.

Emile Smith Rowe is congratulated after scoring the opener


Emile Smith Rowe is congratulated after scoring the openerPhoto credit: Getty
Jacob Ramsey celebrates second place for England


Jacob Ramsey celebrates second place for EnglandPhoto credit: Getty

But if he actually felt that way, he certainly wasn’t showing it as his booming half-volley put the Young Lions on their way to a massive three points.

Jacob Ramsey’s tap-in 52 seconds into the second half secured the win that put Lee Carsley’s young side on the brink of qualifying for next summer’s European Championships.

England are now level on points with their Czech hosts at the top of Group G, but are two games behind.

All they have to do is win just one of their remaining three games to secure first place as they have the better head-to-head record with their two wins against the Czechs.

It’s likely to all come to an end in Chesterfield on Tuesday when England host Albania.

But if not, there is the insurance policy for a trip to Kosovo later this week or a home game against Slovenia in Huddersfield the following Monday.

England’s players took a knee before kick-off to continue the fight against racial injustice but were booed and booed in shame by many home fans in the process.

Any doubts as to whether Smith had Rowe’s heart in the game after coming from the seniors were dispelled after just minutes as he raced back to head away a dangerous ball.

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The Gunners prodigy then showed his considerable skill by dribbling onto the Czech defense and holding a ball to the far post.

Morgan Gibbs-White punched his man in the air to hit him but planted him straight on young Manchester United stopper Matej Kovar.

England shadowed it without looking too menacing but then midway through the first half Smith Rowe silenced the crowd with a thunderous opener.

Flo Balogun had slipped through Curtis Jones with a clever pass and the crowd cheered as if they had scored themselves as Kovar saved the Liverpool midfielder’s shot.

But the cheering was immediately muted when Smith Rowe sent the rebound into the top corner with an exquisite half-volley.

England almost conceded what would have been a disastrous equalizer when Jimmy Garner, recently promoted with Nottingham Forest, deflected a cross into his own side netting.

The hosts were out early after the break and desperate to get back into the game.

But the sting was completely taken from the tie as Ramsey quickly made it 2-0 and fired home from close range after good work from Gibbs-White.

Ex-Brentford midfielder Jan Zamburek missed a couple of half-chances for the Czechs but England seemed comfortable.

The hosts provided a nerve-wracking finish when Daniel Filas fired a phenomenal shot off the crossbar four minutes from time.

It excited the 5,654 fans at Strelecky Ostrov Stadium and forced Carsley’s kids to persevere.

Carsley claimed before the game that he had been obsessed with this game for the past three months, studying the Czechs every day.

That hard work paid off and it would be a huge shock if his Young Lions didn’t complete qualifying work in the next ten days. Arsenal star Smith Rowe scores massive goal in latest Euro qualifier win


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