Jenkinson deserves England chance, says Allardyce

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said that right-back Carl Jenkinson should be considered for a place in the England setup, the Daily Star has reported.

It is seemingly still to be decided who will fill the England right-back position for the long-term, with Liverpool’s Glen Johnson having been left out while John Stones and Kyle Walker are both absent for the upcoming games against Slovenia and Scotland due to injury.

Despite that, Jenkinson – whose only senior cap came as a substitute in November 2012 – was still overlooked by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for the squad, which was announced on Thursday, as youngster Calum Chambers and Southampton star Nathaniel Clyne were both given the nod.

Former Charlton Athletic academy player Jenkinson has impressed since breaking into the West Ham starting XI, having initially been forced to wait patiently upon making his loan move from Arsenal, and Allardyce believes he has shown enough potential to warrant attention from England.

“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,’ he said. ‘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?”

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