Emile Smith Rowe has sacrificed chocolate and Nando’s to boost his career at Arsenal and England as he reveals he used to get cramps after 60 minutes due to his diet.
- Emile Smith Rowe has trained as England’s senior international for the first time
- The forward changed his diet to avoid cramps and improve his game
- Arsenal has facilitated your new clean lifestyle by providing you with a personal chef
- Smith Rowe scored the winning goal for the Gunners in their 1-0 win over Watford
No more chocolate, no more Nando, but Emile Smith Rowe will feel like it’s all worth it.
When the Arsenal striker first came out to practice at St George’s Park on Tuesday as a senior international for England, he may have reflected on all the sacrifices he has made.
Nothing more than having to ignore your sweet tooth.
“He didn’t use to eat that well to be honest,” explained Smith Rowe, who still lives with his mother. ‘I used to get cramps after 60 minutes and stuff.
Emile Smith Rowe came out to train for the first time as England’s senior international
‘I didn’t eat well, I didn’t drink that well, before games I wasn’t really that hydrated. But I have tried to focus a lot on that.
‘Chocolate. I really like Nando’s. But I have tried to cut out the chocolate and takeout as much as I can. Now I’m always eating from home. ‘
Arsenal have facilitated Smith Rowe’s clean lifestyle where they could, providing the young forward with his own personal chef.
Has a couple of pasta dishes and that’s good. I didn’t like fish, but now I like salmon and stuff, ” he said. “My mother cooks normally, but she doesn’t have to cook anymore!”
The forward scored Arsenal’s 1-0 winning goal over Watford on Sunday.
The club can only do so much, of course. But Smith Rowe has every motivation to maintain his discipline after a historic week in which he scored the winning goal for Arsenal against Watford, his third Premier League goal in as many games, before being called up by Gareth Southgate.
The 21-year-old certainly hasn’t had everything his way in his career. Being rejected by Chelsea in his teens because he was too scrawny was a huge blow. Moving to Red Bull Leipzig on loan when he was 18 and barely playing due to a nagging groin injury that was eventually diagnosed as growing pains took its toll.
But it all led to this: Smith Rowe about to play for his country.
Smith Rowe was loaned out to RB Leipzig at age 18, but suffered a groin injury.
“I was playing for my home team and one of my teammates was called up to Chelsea,” he recalled. “His mother, curiously, knew one of the scouts and said, ‘One of my classmates is pretty good, take a look at him.’
‘So I went in for about three or four weeks, but at the time I was quite small, very skinny and kept getting pushed off the ball. They were all so physical.
“I didn’t get involved or touch the ball enough. That’s what I felt at the time, why didn’t I go in.
But these things happen. I went to Arsenal and it was more about passing the ball and bonding.
“ They didn’t seem to care about my physique, but as I got older I became stronger.
Leipzig, it was a frustrating period. I also moved alone to Germany, my family could not leave. It was hard. He worked every day, not knowing what to do. It was tough, but I don’t regret going there.
‘I learned a lot, a different environment, a new language, new players and a coach. It definitely made me more of a man too. ”
England forward and teammate Bukayo Saka (left) are the stars of the Arsenal academy
Smith Rowe is right not to regret it. Together with his England colleague Bukayo Saka, he is the jewel in the crown of the Arsenal academy. The pair are regular Gunners and if they continue their upward trajectory they will soon be part of the England team. However, it could have been so different.
“Tottenham became interested when I was 15 or 16 years old,” Smith Rowe said. But to be honest, I wasn’t that interested in being an Arsenal fan. My dad is a Spurs fan. ‘
As if the Gooners didn’t love Smith Rowe enough anymore.