Arsenal’s 22 year old star Carl Jenkinson is hoping to earn a place in the England national side this season by getting consistent football while on loan with West Ham United, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Jenkinson is set to make his debut for the east London club this evening against Hull City, having moved to the Hammers on loan from Arsenal after the Emirates Stadium club confirmed the addition of Calum Chambers from Southampton.
The young right back had the opportunity to represent Finland at international level, but chose instead to declare himself for England, and he is now hoping that a good season with Sam Allardyce’s side can earn him a place in Roy Hodgson’s squads going forward.
He said: “A few of the England boys have retired in the past couple of months. Glen Johnson is in his 30s now. I am not sure how much longer he will play international football for.
“After that, there are a few boys like myself, Kyle Walker, Calum Chambers, Nathan Clyne, a few young right-backs out there. This has to be the season where we stamp our authority down.
“The position is there for the taking. It’s up to us all to do the business. It won’t be easy, of course, but I, as much as any of those boys, want to be in that England squad. I believe I am capable of it.”
With several retirements in the last few months, the England team is taking on a new look, although with the likes of Chambers and John Stones ahead of him, Jenkinson will still face a battle to be involved.