Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe has revealed how kicking bad drinking and eating habits has helped his rapid rise following his maiden England call-up this week.
Smith Rowe earned his first-ever senior England call-up for World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino after Marcus Rashford and James Ward-Prowse’s withdrawal.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder burst onto the scene with Arsenal late last season and has scored in each of the Gunners’ last three league games.
Smith Rowe told The Guardian that his recent rise came after abandoning bad habits around diet and hydration.
“I didn’t used to eat that well,” Smith said. “I wasn’t drinking that well. Before games, I wasn’t really that hydrated. I’ve tried now to focus so much on it.
“Arsenal are strict but I didn’t really listen, to be honest. I think that’s where I went wrong. Now I’m listening all the time.”
He added: “Chocolate … I like Nando’s a lot – maybe that’s killing me a little bit. I’ve tried to cut out chocolate and takeaways as much as I can.
“The club have sorted me out with a chef. His name is Chris and he comes to my house every day. I live with my mum and she normally cooks but she doesn’t have to any more. Chris cooks for me and her.
“With hydration, there’s loads of stuff we should be taking before a game and, yeah, before I was a bit too lazy.”
Smith Rowe has made 11 Premier League appearances this season, netting four goals and providing two assists. He also scored in the EFL Cup against AFC Wimbledon in September.