Carl Jenkinson’s season is just getting better and better. News that Roy Hodgson is planning a England call-up for the young defender will only add to the player’s glee this season. The right back has been Arsenal’s most improved player this season so far, so much so, that Roy Hodgson is now considering the 20 year old to be included in the England squad.
With Bacary Sagna out injured, Jenkinson had played 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 could force Hodgson into making a move for young Arsenal defender. However, Jenkinson, who joined Arsenal for £1m from Charlton last summer, has already turned down a senior Finland call-up.
Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker are England’s first-choice right-back options, however, 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.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger predicted England would come calling eventually, stating, “I believe Jenkinson will have an impact here and you will fight for him not to play for Finland.”
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