Kieran Gibbs missed out on in England call-up after going on holiday

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Roy Hodgson knew exactly who to call when Southampton's Ryan Bertrand pulled out of his England squad with an injury last week.

Bertrand's absence left England with just one recognised left-back ahead of games against Germany and Holland and Hodgson wanted to sure up his options by calling up Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs.

The 26-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Emirates and has lost his place in the starting line-up to Nacho Monreal, but he still retains a high standing in Hodgson's eyes, who was more than ready to give him a chance to impress for the Three Lions.


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However, according to the Mirror, Gibbs was forced to reject the call-up because he had already assumed he was not needed during the international break and had left for the USA for a long weekend.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had allowed his few non-international players to take a few days off and Gibbs jumped at the opportunity to get away. But he would have no doubt felt terrible when Hodgson called; he would have jumped at the chance to play for his country give and himself a renewed chance of making the Euro 2016 squad.

Stalling career

Unfortunately, it is just another setback in what has been a very disappointing campaign for Gibbs. Once touted as a successor to Ashely Cole and then Gael Clichy, the Arsenal youth product is now more likely to leave the Emirates on a permanent basis than start next season as the first choice left-back.

He has started just three Premier League games all season despite being fit for the vast majority of it and has subsequently been linked with a move to Newcastle United amongst others. Having spent his entire career with the Gunners, fans would be reluctant to see Gibbs leave but the man himself will not be willing to sit on the bench and wait for Monreal's fine form to end.

As a replacement, Arsenal have been looking at Leicester youngster Ben Chilwell and Lorient's Raphael Guerreiro.

England chances

With Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw both struggling with injury, the two left-back positions in Hodgson's squad will likely go to Tottenham's Rose, Bertrand or Gibbs. Obviously, Gibbs is currently third in the pecking order and will only be able to change that if he can dislodge Monreal on the domestic side between now and the summer.

Rose was not exactly inspiring against Germany on Saturday but will get another chance to impress against Holland at Wembley on Tuesday. However, he is unlikely to play another 90 minutes as Tottenham will want their left-back returned fighting fit.

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