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Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny has set his sights on representing England in the near future as he looks to battle with other star names at right-back.
The Liverpudlian has also touched on how great his city rival, Trent Alexander-Arnold, is playing right now.
Kenny has been in fine form since he moved to Schalke on loan, scoring once and providing two assists. The 22-year-old has been a regular in the right-back spot for the German side and even claimed the Rookie of the Month back in August.
Kenny told schalke04.de: “My goal is to play for my country one day.
“Trent Alexander Arnold is playing really well at the moment and there are plenty of other quality wing-backs in England,” said the right-back.
“I want to play as many games as possible here and put in good performances for my team and the whole of Schalke.”
Kenny is aware of the strong competition for places in England but has explained that he would be “absolutely delighted” if he were to receive a call-up in the future.
“Until then, I’m going to do everything I can to keep improving,” he added.
Currently, the right-back spot is so incredibly competitive at England with four huge names all putting forth an argument for the position. Right now, Gareth Southgate has chosen to go with Kieran Trippier, as the World Cup hero has resurrected his form at Atletico Madrid.
Elsewhere, the £72m-rated Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of Europe’s best, whilst Premier League winner Kyle Walker can’t even get a call-up. There is also the prospect of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has been in fantastic form for Manchester United this season – he also cannot get in the team.
In truth, there are four great names ahead of Kenny right now and two of them can’t even persuade Southgate for a call-up.
The Everton man may have to wait a while until the phone rings, but if his form continues he will have a great chance of playing his way into Marco Silva’s plans.