By Chris Harris

Carl Jenkinson's first England call-up will do wonders for his belief, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Arsenal defender will join Roy Hodgson's squad for their friendly against Sweden in Stockholm next Wednesday - provided he receives clearance from FIFA.

Jenkinson has long been tipped for international honours and Wenger is delighted for the 20-year-old.

"I am happy that his potential has been acknowledged by Roy Hodgson, so that is good news," said Wenger.

"Carl is a guy with massive potential and I believe the positive of that is it will improve his belief, and that is very important for him in my opinion."

  • Wenger was speaking at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where the Club opened a Lung Function Unit - a legacy from Arsenal’s partnership with GOSH during the 2009/10 season
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