Carl Jenkinson has targeted becoming England’s new right-back. The Arsenal defender made his debut last year and now wants to be first choice.
The 21-year old has featured in six of Arsenal’s seven fixtures this season, showing significant improvement with every performance.
Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker currently occupy the right-back slots for England but neither have really cemented the position which has given Jenkinson added belief he can be the new full-back.
“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 in to 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.”
Despite Jenkinson’s faith in his own abilities, he appreciates Sagna is first choice at the club and must try to play regularly at Arsenal before England.
“I understand I’ve got an excellent player in front of me at the moment in Bacary Sagna. He has been 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.”
With this being a World Cup year, Jenkinson needs to try and break through in the next few months to try and stand a chance of travelling to Brazil to play with England in the summer.
“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 a World Cup year.”