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Why some Arsenal fans aren't happy with Emile Smith Rowe's England U21 debut

Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe made his England Under-21 debut on Thursday afternoon.

The Gunners playmaker started alongside fellow Hale End graduate Eddie Nketiah in the U21 European Championship Group D opener against Switzerland.

Smith Rowe was initially deployed on the left of attack by Aidy Boothroyd, but he struggled to link up with Dwight McNeil, who endured a difficult game at left wing-back.

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The Arsenal ace then moved to the right flank in the second half, a position he hasn’t played for at senior level for the Gunners.

Smith Rowe ultimately came off on 65 minutes, being replaced by Eberechi Eze, while Nketiah lasted a further 10 minutes, Rhian Brewster taking his place.

England had the lion’s share of possession but lacked rhythm against their disciplined opponents.

And the Swiss were rewarded 13 minutes from time Dan Ndoye’s shot from the edge of the box deflected off his own leg and looped in over Aaron Ramsdale.

Quite a few Arsenal fans weren’t happy with Boothroyd’s game management, feeling ESR would have had a more fruitful debut had he been deployed at No. 10.

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