England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson will be drafted into his squad for next week's friendly with Sweden, providing FIFA clearance is received on time.
Jenkinson was a surprise omission from Hodgson's 23-man squad when it was unveiled on Thursday morning as previously the England boss had stated his intention to call on the 20-year-old defender, who has impressed during early-season performances for the Gunners.
However, it transpired the move relates to red-tape wrangling given the player's previous appearance at youth level for Finland. Hodgson told FA TV: "The reason I didn't include Carl from the start is because we haven't, at this moment in time, got clearance from FIFA but we do believe that they are going to grant that clearance within a day or two."
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