Arsenal pair of Saka and Smith praised by England boss Southgate
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Arsenal pair of Saka and Smith praised by England boss Southgate

England coach Gareth Southgate has heaped praise on Arsenal duo of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

The two youngsters have been an important part of the Mikel Arteta side with reports rife that they might be part of the Southgate squad ahead of the summer European Championship.

Speaking about the duo to talkSPORT, Southgate said: "Emile Smith Rowe getting his opportunity at Arsenal.

“We know those kids are there and we know the talent is there, but when the buying and spending power of the clubs is greater than anything around Europe, and the pressure is on to have immediate success, it is easier to go and buy the finished product from abroad.

"There was always this blockage for young English players, now they're getting their chance. Those two boys at Arsenal, Saka and Smith Rowe, have been a huge breath of fresh air in their team and there are more across the country if they get their opportunity."

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