Roy Hodgson: Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson wants to play for England
Carl Jenkinson commits himself to playing for England at senior level, according to Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson
Carl Jenkinson has committed himself to playing for England at senior level, manager Roy Hodgson has revealed.
The Arsenal right-back trained with the England squad ahead of their trip to Poland on Tuesday following an injury to Kyle Walker.
Jenkinson has represented Finland at Under-21 level but the England boss insists the 20-year-old has his heart set on playing for the Three Lions in years to come.
“He didn’t take a lot of convincing,” said Hodgson. “We had a problem with Kyle Walker and wanted a full complement in our training session, so we called Carl up. He was in my thoughts anyway.
“I invited him to train with us knowing full well he couldn’t take part in this game, but it gave me the opportunity to sit down and ask him the question.
“I don’t want to trick him to play for England in a few minutes in a game to block him, but he had to make a decision because we’re very interested in him, even if the competition is tougher to get him into the England team rather than the Finland team. He made it very clear he wanted to play for England.”
Jenkinson has made nine appearances for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal this season as he continues to impress while filling in for the injured Bacary Sagna.