Phil Foden shares a throwback photo of him and Emile Smith Rowe as England youth kids after the pair reunited following the Arsenal star’s first call-up to the senior side
- Phil Foden and Emile Smith Rowe played together in England’s youth teams
- The Manchester City star shared a throwback image of the pair together
- Smith Rowe received his first senior call-up after several players withdrew
Manchester City star Phil Foden has shared a retro image of him and Emile Smith Rowe, following the Arsenal youngster’s first call-up to the senior side.
Gareth Southgate rewarded Smith Rowe for his excellent start to the season with promotion to the seniors after both Marcus Rashford and James Ward Prowse withdrew from the original squad with injuries.
In doing so, he reunites with Foden, with whom he previously played in the youth ranks of England.
Phil Foden shared this photo of him with Emile Smith Rowe as they played in England’s youth ranks together
Foden has been involved in the senior lineup for over a year, making his international debut in England’s 1-0 win over Iceland in the Nations League.
Now, the 21-year-old has shared a photo, seemingly from around 2015, when the pair are said to have first played together for the Under-16s, on his social media channels.
On his Facebook account, he posted the photo alongside an up-to-date image of Foden with his arm around Smith Rowe’s shoulders as they walked onto the training ground for the latter’s first training session as a senior international.
The photo was a still from a video posted to England’s official Twitter account showing the moment the couple laugh together.
Smith Rowe got his first senior call-up after a number of players left the squad
The pair could face each other as soon as Friday, when England face Albania in their first World Cup qualifier of the current international break.
Smith Rowe was originally called up to the Under 21 squad for the current hiatus, before injuries led him to promotion.
On hearing the news, he told Sky Sports: “It’s definitely a dream come true. I did not expect it.
“Of course I was going to go with the promises and the day before I got a call from Gareth that I had been called up to the first team. It was a great moment for me and my family.”
Phil Foden could play alongside Smith Rowe if they both face Albania on Friday
He added: ‘To be honest, I was very nervous during my first practice. It’s always hard to get in with new players.
“Of course I play against these guys every week, but for England it’s always different. After a while I got used to it, but I was definitely nervous. I’m sure I’ll get used to it during the week and feel more comfortable.’
So far this season, Smith Rowe has scored five goals and provided two assists in 13 games across all competitions.