Emile Smith Rowe believes seeing England win the Women’s Euro will make their male counterparts more eager for success at the World Cup in Qatar.
While Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and lost on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 final last summer, the Lionesses have done better this weekend.
Chloe Kelly’s extra-time goal secured a 2-1 victory over Germany as England won their first major women’s tournament and a first trophy for the national team of any kind since the 1966 World Cup.
Both of those successes came at Wembley, but the Three Lions will travel to the Middle East in November to go one step further than last summer.
Arsenal striker Smith Rowe, 22, won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and has three senior England caps, scoring his only goal in the record 10-0 rout of San Marino the last year.
Asked if watching Sarina Wiegman’s side win the Women’s Euro could inspire the next World Cup, he told the PA news agency: “Of course.
“It’s a great achievement for them and for the country as well.
“In general it means so much to play for your country, it will make us hungrier and obviously the men’s team now wants to do that too.”
It seems it’s not just the players who have been inspired by England’s achievements this summer.
Demand for tickets to the Lionesses’ friendly match against reigning World Cup holders USA on October 7 saw the Football Association’s website crash on Tuesday, but despite the temporary setback, more 65,000 tickets have already been sold.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have seen renewed interest in tickets for their Women’s Super League clash with rivals Tottenham, which will take place at the Emirates Stadium on September 25.
Some 13,438 tickets were sold for the corresponding game last season as England captain Leah Williamson and her Arsenal teammates beat Spurs 3-0 in their penultimate WSL game of the campaign.
It is understood that 12,500 have already been bought for this season’s meeting with the entire lower tier of the Emirates now open as ticket sales doubled on Sunday night after England’s success.