This week Arsenal statistician Josh James takes a look at Arsenal's history of England internationals.

If Carl Jenkinson makes his international debut tonight, he will become the 62nd Arsenal player to win an England cap.

The 20-year-old could also become the fifth full England international in the current squad, all aged 23 or under - the others are Jack Wilshere (aged 20), Kieran Gibbs (23), Theo Walcott (23) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (19) – and the 19th player of the Wenger era to play for the Three Lions.

Right back Jenkinson is looking to continue the fine tradition of Arsenal defenders playing for England. From Arsenal's 10 most capped England players of all time, seven are defenders, while one is a goalkeeper.

Indeed Arsenal's all-time most capped England international (only including caps won while with the Club) is left back Kenny Sansom, who played 77 times for his country while with Arsenal. Fellow left back Ashley Cole is one away from a century of caps, more than half of which he won while with the Gunners.

Arsenal's 61 England internationals earned a total of 787 caps between them, which works out at an average of 12.9 each.

Arsenal's current England internationals all received their first call-up while with the Club (all under the age of 21), and the four of them now have 46 caps between them.

What's more, the quartet, individually and collectively, have an excellent playing record for England. The overall record for those 46 caps is W34 D9 L3.

Walcott won each of his first 14 England games, while Oxlade-Chamberlain is now nine games unbeaten for the senior team.

Furthermore Walcott set a new record as England's youngest ever player when making his debut on May 30, 2006. He was just 17 years and 75 days when he came on as a 65th-minute substitute at Old Trafford in the 3-1 friendly win over Hungary.

Two years later Walcott set another England record, becoming the youngest player to score a hat-trick for the country. He was 19 years and 178 days when netting three away to Croatia in a World Cup qualifier.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's debut was also noteworthy - he became half of the fifth father-son partnership to play for England after his dad Mark Chamberlain won eight caps in the early 1980s.

Behind The Numbers

Behind The Numbers

The first ever Arsenal player to represent England was goalkeeper James 'Jimmy' Ashcroft.

Born in Liverpool on September 12, 1878, Ashcroft made 303 first-team appearances for Arsenal during the Woolwich days, making his debut in 1900 and leaving eight years - and 108 clean sheets - later.

Ashcroft was a reliable, solid and consistent keeper, and his remarkable reflexes earned him the nickname 'Genie of the Sticks'.

On February 17, 1906 he was called up for England's Home Championship fixture away to Northern Ireland. Although the 5-0 scoreline suggests an easy debut, Ashcroft was hailed the hero, having been called upon to do more in goal than Sherry, the Irish custodian.

“The more highly-tested he might be the more shining his merits glowed upon and above the horizon of the shooting stars,” reported the Daily News at the time.

Ashcroft was retained for the remaining internationals against Wales (1-0) and the big one against Scotland in Glasgow on April 7, 1906. England lost that game 2-1, and it proved to be Ashcroft's last appearance for England, as it was custom to share the honours around in those days.

Since then a host of Arsenal players have served England with distinction, including David Jack, Eddie Hapgood, George Male, Alan Ball, David Platt, Tony Adams, David Seaman and Martin Keown, all of whom wore the captain's armband.

The Club record for most England goals has stood unchallenged since the 1930s. Cliff Bastin netted 12 times from his 21 caps, during a five-year spell. Walcott, with four goals, leads the way from the current squad.

Cliff Bastin's England goals
Date Opposition and score
May 3, 1933 England 1, Italy 1
May 20, 1933 England 4, Switzerland 0 (two goals)
Apr 14, 1934 England 3, Scotland 0
Feb 6, 1935 England 2, Northern Ireland 1 (two goals)
Dec 4, 1935 England 3, Germany 0
Oct 17, 1936 England 1, Wales 2
Nov 18, 1936 England 3, Northern Ireland 1
May 14, 1938 England 6, Germany 3
May 21, 1938 England 1, Switzerland 2
May 26, 1938 England 4, France 2

There are a variety of other notable records that Arsenal players have set for England.

One such record is unlikely ever to be surpassed. On November 15, 1950, Leslie Compton made his England debut against Wales - at the ripe old age of 38 years and 64 days. It made him the oldest ever outfield debutant - and he went on to win one further cap.

Compton was also a talented cricketer, though he didn't win international honours at both sports. Two other Gunners however, did - Arthur Milton (one cap and six Tests) and Andy Ducat (six caps and one Test).

Perhaps one of the Club's proudest records when it comes to the England national team was set 78 years ago today.

On November 14, 1934, Arsenal made history by supplying seven of the starting XI for England's friendly with Italy - which was played at Highbury. Never before or since has one club contributed so many players to an England starting line-up.

The seven were: Frank Moss, George Male, Eddie Hapgood, Wilf Copping, Ray Bowden, Ted Drake and Cliff Bastin. Arsenal also provided the trainer for the match - Tom Whittaker. A bad-tempered affair ended in a 3-2 win for England.

Stats correct as at November 13, 2012.

Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme.

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14 Nov 2012