Gibbs has impressed for Arsenal.
Gibbs has impressed for Arsenal..

Kieran Gibbs deserves a World Cup spot

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With the likes of Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw all in contention for the two left-back places at this year's World Cup, nobody has really given too much mention to Arsenal's own English left-back, Kieran Gibbs.

The 24-year-old has been sensational this season for Arsenal, making fans forget the names of previous left-backs Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy, who have departed in recent years to rivals Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.

Cole is widely-regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world at the moment but he has lost his place in the Chelsea team to Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta, who is actually a right-back by trade.

Everton's left back Leighton Baines is very highly-rated due to his impressive goalscoring record but he has not been particularly great defensively this season, the one attribute England fans will be relying on the most if he is taken to Brazil.

Luke Shaw has been brilliant for Southampton since making his debut at the age of 16 but his inexperience at the current age of 18 probably makes him an option for the future.

So that leaves Gibbs, the most consistent English left-back in the Premier League this season.

Since signing his first professional contract for the Gunners in 2007 and making his debut the same year, Gibbs has made over 100 appearances for the North London club.

In August 2010, he came on for Ashley Cole at half-time in an England friendly against Hungary, to make his international debut.

However, this is his only cap for his country so far, but more are expected to follow if he continues to play as well as he has this season.

After the departure of Clichy in 2011, Gibbs became Arsenal's first choice left-back.

The following year, his career continued to get better as he signed a new contract with Arsene Wenger's team, committing his future to the club he had been with since he was a schoolboy.

So, with the World Cup just around the corner, Roy Hodgson will have a big dilemma on his hands when it comes to the left-back position.

Choosing just two out of the likes of Cole, Baines, Shaw, Gibbs and even Tottenham's Danny Rose cannot be easy for the England manager but surely Gibbs deserves to be on the plane to Brazil as a result of his fine season.

If not, it's likely that England will struggle in that position when the World cup does eventually return later on this year.

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