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Arsenal's Emile Smith Rowe labels England call-up 'a dream come true.'

Smith Rowe arrived at St George's Park on Monday before training with the England squad.

Emile Smith Rowe joins Gareth Southgate's squad. [Getty]
Emile Smith Rowe joins Gareth Southgate's squad. [Getty]

Arsenal prodigy Emile Smith Rowe has expressed his joy at his first England call-up, labelling the achievement as "a dream come true".

The 21-year-old joined Gareth Southgate's Three Lions squad ahead of England's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

Smith Rowe initially joined the U21s but was called up after Marcus Rashford, James Ward-Prowse, Mason Mount and Luke Shaw did not show up for international duty.

When speaking to the media on Tuesday afternoon, the Gunners midfield ace said: "It's definitely a dream come true. I didn't expect it.

"Obviously I was planning to go with the U21s and I got a phone call the day before from Gareth, saying I'd been called up to the first team. It was a great moment for me and my family.

'I was really nervous during my first training session.'

"My mum was actually downstairs at the time, I was upstairs. I ran downstairs straight away and told her. It was very emotional, but they were so proud of me and I couldn't wait to meet up with the squad.

"I was really nervous during my first training session, to be honest. It's always hard coming in with new players.

"Obviously 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 throughout the week I'll get into it and get more comfortable.

"Wearing the same training kit and passing the ball to each other, it's crazy to be alongside these great players. I'm a bit speechless but I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can."

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