By Kevin Campbell

16th Nov, 2021 | 4:00pm

Campbell in awe of Arsenal star Smith Rowe after 'exceptional' reveal

Kevin Campbell has heaped praise on Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe after his “amazing” full debut for England.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker made particular reference to the 21-year-old’s first-time finishing ability.

Smith Rowe scored one and assisted one as the Three Lions romped to a 10-0 victory over San Marino on Monday night.

The attacking midfielder also completed 97 per cent of his attempted passes in the match. (WhoScored)

Speaking to ITV after the win, England manager Gareth Southgate hailed Smith Rowe’s “exceptional” tight control.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Smith Rowe’s performance, Campbell said: “I think he did really well.

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“To start for your country is always a privilege. I am over the moon for him.

“And then to cap your first start with a goal and an assist, no matter who it is against, is amazing. I know the opposition was weak but nobody can take that away from him.

“Hopefully, that will keep his confidence high. His first-time finishing is very good and he showed that again.

“He needed to add goals and assists to his all-round play and he is doing that. It’s really important for him to add production at the top end of the pitch.

“His confidence is high right now which is great for Arsenal.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed the Arsenal board would be ‘sinful’ not to hand Mikel Arteta £65million to beat Premier League rivals to big-name signing.