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Big Sam tips Jenkinson for England

Posted on November 08, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce belives that Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson should be given a chance to impress for England as the Three Lions seem to lack quality options at the right-hand side.

The Gunners starlet was handed his England debut back in November 2012, but he has since been relegated to the Under-21 squad and has yet to make his second appearance for the Three Lions.

The lack of regular playing time was obviously one of the main reasons why he has been overlooked by Roy Hodgson, but having kick-started his career while on loan at West Ham, Jenkinson could soon return into international reckoning.

Considering that England largely struggle at right-back at the moment, the Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has tipped the 22-year-old for an England call-up.

“There seems to be a particular problem at right-back at the minute for England – and I think Carl has the potential, based on my short time with him, of getting a chance,” Allardyce was quoted as saying.

“Maybe if it is in a friendly he can get his chance. He’s been at Charlton, then Arsenal and he’s now playing regularly for us on loan.

“It just seems that Kyle Walker particularly has been out for a long time and Glen Johnson at Liverpool seems to get the odd injury here and there.

“Right-back has become a bit of a challenge for Roy. For him, it’s a question of who are they and where are they?”

Carl Jenkinson was unlucky to suffer a hamstring injury shortly after moving to Boleyn Ground, and he had to wait for his debut until mid September, making substitute appearances in games against Hull City, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The youngster has since nailed down a regular starting berth and started last four Premier League matches for the Hammers, helping his side take impressive ten points in the process.

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