By Rob Kelly
Carl Jenkinson is putting any decision about his international future on hold as he concentrates on maintaining his impressive start to the season.
The Arsenal right back has been tipped for a call-up to the England squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.
Jenkinson has represented Finland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level - but says now is not the time to choose between the two countries.
"I’m just concentrating on my club football, that’s my bread and butter,” he said. “I’m just focused on the here and now and the next game against Olympiacos.
“[Finland] have contacted me. I told them, ‘I’m focusing on my club football’ so that’s all there is to it. You can read into that how you want.
“I’m going to have to make a decision at some point. As I’ve said many times, I will cross that bridge when I come to it. Until then I’m just concentrating on each game as it comes.”
Jenkinson has caught the eye with a series of mature displays so far this season, and he admits playing regularly has been hugely beneficial for his development.
“I am really enjoying my football and I think that’s a big part of things,” he said. “I think confidence is a big part. I’m feeling good at the moment and hopefully I’ll just keep building on my game and my confidence will grow with it.
“I feel comfortable at this level now. I think I have acclimatised you could say. I just want to push on and hopefully keep going as I’m going.”
“It has been a whirlwind year. I’ve realised that in football there are always ups and downs and it’s about trying to keep a level head.
“You’re always going to have downs in football, but at the same time, you’re always going to have ups as well and I’ve just tried to not take the downs too personally.”Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source