Carl Jenkinson sets sights on World Cup spot

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Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson has his sights set on earning a place in the England squad for the 2014 World Cup finals - providing the Three Lions qualify.

The 21-year-old, who arrived at Arsenal from Charlton Athletic in 2011, believes he is good enough to play for his national team and is hoping to impress manager Roy Hodgson between now and the end of the Premier League season.

“When I am playing at my best, I am more than capable of being England’s right-back,” Jenkinson said in an interview with the London Evening Standard. “It is all well and good me saying it but I have got to go out there and prove it.

“The main thing with Roy Hodgson is he wants to see players playing and that is something I have got to make sure I am doing. There are a lot of talented English right-backs but that is part of the challenge. I will not be booking any summer holidays in a hurry.”

Jenkinson has a Finnish mother and represented Finland at U17, U19 and U21 levels before making his senior England debut against Sweden last November.

The full-back endured a difficult first season at the Emirates Stadium, but showed signs of huge improvement last term and has played four out of five of Arsenal's Premier League matches at the start of the 2013/14 campaign.

Jenkinson wants to establish himself as the Gunners' first-choice right-back ahead of Bacary Sagna, but says he has total respect for his more experienced teammate.

"It is a friendly rivalry with Bac and I have got the utmost respect for him," the England international added. “He has been a great full-back at the highest level for a long time now and has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers over the years. But at some stage, you want to make that spot your own and Bac knows that.

“Hopefully that competition is pushing him on and I think it is, because he has had a great start to the season.”

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