16th of October 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
Arsenal's promising young defender Carl Jenkinson has committed his future to England after discussing the matter with manager Roy Hodgson. The 20-year-old full-back is not yet eligible to play for England, as he has represented Finland at under-21 level. However, he trained with the full England squad on Sunday ahead of the World Cup qualifier in Poland. Jenkinson, whose mother is Finnish, worked with the seniors because of a calf injury to Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker.
The young right back has impressed England boss Hodgson and his scouts this season. Jenkinson has confirmed he wants to play for England and the Football Association will move ahead to get clearance.
Hodgson said: "He didn't take a lot of convincing. 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."
Arsenal's next game is the Premier League visit to Norwich on October 20, here are the odds from Bet365:
Norwich to win - 5/1
Draw - 16/5
Arsenal to win - 8/15
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