Wilshere plays 30 mins in Three Lions return, Jenkinson wins first cap

| November 15, 2012 | 5 Comments

Jack Wilshere has stepped up another notch in his return to full fitness by completing 30 minutes for England in their 4-2 friendly loss to Sweden, while right back Carl Jenkinson has continued his meteoric rise to fame and won his first cap for England after receiving FIFA clearance earlier in the day.

Wilshere’s presence is something Hodgson has craved in the heart of his team and he certainly made an impression constantly drawing fouls from the Swedes with his tricky play and agility. The midfielder replaced United’s Cleverly on the hour mark.

Wenger stated his unhappiness at Wilshere’s call up so early on after featuring just three times for his senior side since his 14 month injury layoff, but luckily everything seemed to go to plan and he has come off injury-free. There is more positive news for Wenger with another of his prodigy’s starting to fulfill their potential already with Carl Jenkinson winning his first cap for his country.

The England-born, bought from Charlton in 2011, took advantage of Bacary Sagna’s absence at the tail end of last season and this campaign to cement a spot in the starting lineup prior to the Frenchman’s return. After a series of impressive performances the youngster has been rewarded for his hard work with a cap for Hodgson’s England side replacing Glen Johnson after 75 minutes.

Congratulations to the duo, it’s brilliant to see Wilshere back in the England frame already – it’s testament to the quality the midfielder possesses, and another milestone for the young Jenkinson to boast in his seemingly short top-level career. Also it’s hard to ignore Zlatan’s four goal hoal, amazing. Maybe Arsenal should buy him with all the excess money from Fabregas, Nasri, Song & Van Persie’s sales..



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  • kk

    i am arsenal fan…
    jenkinson has improved a lot but he will not make it into the top national teams…england seems to be too eager to grab him before finland makes the move.
    jenkinson has been a liability…he has often put the arsenal team in trouble with his misplaced passes in arsenal’s half than any player…when he plays, arsenal is like a 10-man team…pass the ball to him, inevitably there is no forward attacking option…over-the-top-over-hype player…

    • davi

      First of all Jenkinson has developed into a solid defender. He’s very good in one-on-one situations and has largely shut out each of the wingers he’s faced this season. He’s also a fantastic athlete and has got himself into great attacking positions many times so far this season. The main thing he does need to work on is the consistency of his delivery into the box (as do many of Arsenal’s wide players).
      Overall, he has been very far from a liability – perhaps the last player who deserves that label from the side this season so far – and deserves all the credit he’s been getting. He has a very solid base to build on, and I expect he will add the important finishing touches to his game over the next few years.

  • Christian-Nigeria

    Jenkinson is a genius

  • Deshola

    Good to see carl turning into one of the future of both arsenal and England.. I hope critics will appreciate Wenger this time around. He is moulding England national football team future!…Gibbs, carl wilshere, chamberlin, walcott (if he stays). These players are going to form the nucleus of England football team in few years time.. Congrat carl Jenkinson.

  • Top Jenks!

    Jenk’s rise has been rapid and meteoric. It was only about 15 games ago that people were chundering because he was in the Gunners line up.You could tell he was going to be good virtually from the off.I believe ha will become an established utility defender or even central midfielder for both club and country.