Arsenal youngster caught in international tug-of-war

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Arsenal fullback Carl Jenkinson has revealed he has been approached by Finland to play for the national team, but the Gunners youngster has decided to delay his decision.

Reports had suggested the right-back may be in line for a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad, and his decision to hold off on accepting Finland's call may hint the Arsenal player is holding out for call from Hodgson.

The Gunners right-back has stepped in for the injured Bacary Sagna this season and performed excellently, leading to speculation he could be rewarded with a full call-up.

The 20-year-old has youth international caps for both Finland and England, and enjoys dual nationality as his mother is Finnish.

When asked if the Scandanavian country had been in touch, Jenkinson said on London24: "They've contacted me. My exact words when I spoke to them were that I'm concentrating on my club football.

"That's all there is to it and you can read into that how you want."

Jenkinson came through the Charlton youth academy before joining Arsenal in 2011 after making just eight league appearances for the south London side.

He played a bit-part role from the substitutes bench last season, but injury to Sagna - the Frenchman broke his leg against Norwich in the final Arsenal home match of last season - handed Jenkinson an opportunity for a regular run in the first team.

And the Harlow-born defender has excelled, developing into an fine attacking right-back and earning praise from manager Arsene Wenger.

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