I may have jumped the gun a bit yesterday by having a go at Roy Hodgson for not including the young Arsenal right back, Carl Jenkinson, in his England squad to face Sweden in a friendly next week. His name was not included in the squad list released by the FA, but will be included, apparently, as long as he finally receives his clearance from FIFA, Hodgson explained.
“The reason I didn’t include Carl from the start is because we haven’t got clearance from FIFA.
“But we do believe they are going to grant that so by next Wednesday he will be clear to play.
“I didn’t want to put his name down for this squad until such time he was available to play for us.”
Unlike the Jack Wilshere situation, Arsene Wenger is actually keen for Jenkinson to play for England next week, as he believes it will give him a massive confidence boost and aid in his development.
“Carl is a guy with massive potential and I believe the positive of that is it will improve his belief, and that is very important for him in my opinion.”
The last Arsenal right back to play for England was Lee Dixon, and the ITV pundit is very impressed with Jenkinson this season. Dixon also came from the lower leagues and so identifies with Jenkinson. He knows that the youngster has still got a lot to learn but is pleased with his progress so far and thinks that he has got the potential to be a top class player.
“As long as he keeps trying to learn and progress, and not think he’s made it when he’s played 50 games, then he’s got a real chance.”