Roy Hodgson’s hopes of bringing Arsenal‘s Carl Jenkinson into the England squad have been scuppered.
Defender Kyle Walker injured himself yesterday during training, and according to the Sun, Hodgson wanted to replace the Tottenham player with Jenkinson. The Arsenal star was spotted yesterday at England’s training ground London Colney.
However, Jenkinson played with the Finland team for the Under-21s, which means that he would have to have clearance from FIFA to become a player for England, and the process can last up to one month.
Jenkinson has a dual nationality – his father is English while his mother comes from Finland. He has played for Finland and England as a youth. However, he can play for either country as he has not played an international match at senior level. He first appeared for Finland in their under-18 squad, and has also appeared for the England under-17s.
It was reported earlier this month that the Finnish Football Association wanted to conduct talks with Jenkinson to stop him switching allegiances to England.
Roy Hodgson has indicated that he is definitely interested in the youngster, and is considering him for a friendly against Sweden next month. He said: “On this occasion, we decided to… keep Jenkinson up our sleeves, but he’ll be very much in our thoughts when it comes to the next friendly match. After speaking to Arsène (Wenger) I am also conscious that his rise has been meteoric. He’s only 20 and it’s nice to temper things a little bit, but he wouldn’t be out of place in the squad.”
Jenkinson first joined Arsenal in 2011.