Roy Hodgson waiting on FIFA clearance for Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson
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."
He added: "So by next Wednesday, he will be clear to play. He wants to play for England and has made that clear so we applied for permission to FIFA, as one is allowed to do, immediately after he left us and before we set off for Poland.
"That was a month ago, but I didn't want to put his name down in a squad until such time as I've got FIFA clearance saying he's available to play for us in my hand.
"If the clearance comes through, we will put him in the squad. He was with us for training just before we left for Poland and I made it clear to him then that if he did want to play for England, I would include him in this squad and I intend to keep that promise."
Hodgson's comments at least clarify Jenkinson's position, although the fact he has already chosen Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Leighton Baines and Ryan Bertrand for the full-back slots means there will be plenty of competition should the Arsenal man link up, as hoped, in Manchester on Sunday evening.
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