By Nik Brumsack

Lee Dixon says the role of full back has evolved and believes that Arsenal duo Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs can learn from each other.

Jenkinson will become the first Arsenal right back to represent England in 13 years if he features in Wednesday’s friendly against Sweden.

Arsenal legend Dixon won 22 caps for England between 1990 and 1999, and admits that defenders have to attack far more in the modern game.

“You have to be a bit more dynamic,” he told “You’ve got a bit more license to go forward now. Teams tend to play with two holding midfielders so sometimes the full backs can attack together which is quite dangerous. Sometimes it works though.

“I think full back has become a lot more popular position. Players such as Ashley [Cole] have made that type of dynamic full back play something that kids want to do. You’re all action. You’re in the game constantly.

“That’s why I liked playing there. It’s nice to get a rest now and then. You used to get a rest on the halfway line but they don’t seem to get much rest now.

“It’s important that Gibbs and Jenkinson are both in the side together,” Dixon added. “They can learn off each other. It’s sometimes good to have a similar type of player who is around the same age in the team.

“Nigel [Winterburn] and me were similar. I always saw us as a pair. Even though you play on opposite sides of the pitch, you can play off each other. I learnt a lot from Nigel. He was a superb defender and his tackling was excellent. They can learn off each other, especially in training.”

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14 Nov 2012