Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson targets England right-back spot
Carl Jenkinson believes he is the long-term answer to England’s right-back problems – just as soon as he can overtake Bacary Sagna in the Arsenal pecking order.
The 21-year-old thinks he can find another gear if he gets regular first-team football and hopes that would help him to secure a spot in Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up.
Both Liverpool’s Glen Johnson and Spurs’ Kyle Walker have been criticised for the defensive side of their game when playing at right-back for England. The pragmatic Hodgson could be swayed towards Jenkinson if he proves he can make his side more solid at the back.
Jenkinson told talkSPORT: “I believe that if I am playing regularly, and I’m playing well, I can be England’s right-back.
“If you’re going to break into the England squad you need to be playing regularly.
“First and foremost I need to show the boss what I can do and show my credentials and that I am capable of playing regularly at this club.
“I believe I’m getting to that stage now where I’m more than ready to take my place and play week-in and week-out at this club.
“I understand I’ve got an excellent player in front of me at the moment in Bacary Sagna. He has been a fantastic player at Arsenal and in the Premier League for a number of years now.
“It’s difficult because I’m getting to an age now where I want to be playing and I believe I can push on to a whole new level with a good run in the team under my belt.
“It’s up to me in training to show what I can do and when I get my chance I need to take it. It is important that I do that, especially in a World Cup year.”