Jenkinson may get an England call up by TS
Carl Jenkinson is having his break out season. News that Roy Hodgson is planning an England call-up for the young defender has come as a shock to some but when you look at his overall performances this year, its not shocking at all.
The right back has been Arsenal’s most improved player this season so far, so much so that the England manager is now considering the 20 year old to be included in the England squad. Bacary Sagna’s injury has made way for Jenkinson, allowing the defender to play every minute for the Gunners this season before Wednesday’s League Cup tie against Coventry. Jenkinson has been a part of Arsenal’s impressive defense this season which has seen the Gunners’ leak in just two goals in the Premier League.
Finland are desperate to call up Jenkinson and their interest in the player is forcing Hodgson into making a move for the young Arsenal defender sooner than expected. Jenkinson, who joined Arsenal for £1m from Charlton last summer, has already helped Hodgson by turning down a senior Finland call-up in anticipation of being selected for England.
Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker are Hodgson’s first-choice right-back options but Jenkinson’s chances of a call-up have increased after their back-up, Liverpool defender Martin Kelly, suffered a season-ending knee injury at the weekend. Many feel that Johnson, although good going forward is
Arsene Wenger must be laughing at this right now as he predicted England would come calling. The Arsenal manager was quoted as saying this long before Jenkinson was even being considered.
“I believe Jenkinson will have an impact here(In England) and you will fight for him not to play for Finland.”
Seems Le Prof was right after all…