It seems as though a decent run in the Arsenal team, mainly because he has managed to stay reasonable injury free for the last year or so, has really paid off for Kieran Gibbs, and for the Gunners as well of course as he is now clearly our first choice left back.
But despite making his international debut for the senior England side under Fabio Capello back in 2010, Gibbs has just four caps to his name four years later. But the 25-year old will be hoping to add to that after being called up again by Roy Hodgson for the Euro qualifier against Slovenia and the high profile friendly with Scotland.
And before the England squad was announced, his Arsenal team mate Aaron Ramsey spoke about Gibbs in glowing terms, as reported by Arsenal.com, and why he thought the left back would really thrive in the England team. The Welshman declared that his fellow Gunner was very proud to wear the national shirt and that, along with his ability and team ethic, should see him right.
Ramsey said, “Kieran’s performances this season have shown what he’s all about and he’s been really consistent as well, which is vital. He is definitely one that relishes the test of being England full back.
“Everybody is really proud to represent their national team and it means a lot to him. He was delighted to play [against San Marino] and he hopes he can continue in the squad and get a regular chance.
“He’s put in some really good displays [for Arsenal] this season, too. He gets up and down, he can tackle and puts some crosses in at the other end of the pitch as well.
“He’s been really good and hopefully he can continue the form he’s been in.
“We keep winding him up saying it came off his shin! It was a great goal and he gets into those positions quite often so hopefully he can score a few more.”
Gibbs will hopefully put in another top quality performance for Arsenal again this weekend and he has every reason to give it his all. Because unfortunately for him, left back seems to be the position that England have more quality options in than any other. The fact that Hodgson has picked three, Gibbs, Baines and Shaw, in this squad shows that he has not made up his mind.
I have faith that the Arsenal man can prove himself to the England boss, while the competition to prove himself can only be good for Arsenal as well.