Kieran Gibbs has been tipped for an England call-up this season but the Arsenal defender is happy to focus on his Club duties for now.
The 20-year-old has made steady progress in the past year, featuring 21 times for the first team last term and stepping in for Gael Clichy on four occasions this season.
Gibbs’ impressive displays at left-back prompted some – including Arsène Wenger – to suggest that he could be part of England’s squad for next summer’s World Cup.
Gibbs would love to be involved next June but, for now, South Africa is well and truly at the back of his mind.
“It’s in my mind somewhere, but we have a long season yet,” Gibbs told the Official Matchday Programme.
“At the moment I don’t really deserve to get a World Cup call because I have nowhere near the experience that a lot of the players do, and I’ve a great deal to prove yet.
“I’ve played a few games for Arsenal but still have a lot of work to do to earn a place – I don’t want to be called up because of someone else’s disappointment, I want to be selected because I’m deserving of it.
“Hopefully if I can get some more good games under my belt this season then there might be a chance – but at the moment I’m just concentrating on the Club and what we can do to win trophies.”
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