Hodgson hails Arsenal youth policy

England manager Roy Hodgson has praised Arsenal’s new English youth policy.

Arsene Wenger’s side were once ridiculed for failing to have a single Englishman in their match day squads.

However, times have changed at the north London club with numerous English players impressing both domestically and internationally.

Full-backs Calum Chambers and Kieran Gibbs, midfielders Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlaide Chaimberlain and striker Danny Welbeck are all involved internationally.

As is defender Carl Jenkinson who is on-loan at West Ham, he too was called up for the England Under-21s squad before pulling out through injury.

But Hodgson has admitted that he is not shocked at all and claims he always saw it coming.

He said: “We all saw it coming. Arsenal’s youth policy has always been very good.

“We saw players like Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere and Gibbs there as youngsters who we hoped would break through one day.

“Maybe the last couple of years has been the time it takes for these very exciting young talents to become first-team players.”