By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger is pleased that Kieran Gibbs’ consistent start to the season has seen him rewarded with an England call-up.

Gibbs’ fine form at club level has not gone unnoticed by England boss Roy Hodgson, who has included the 23-year-old in his squad for next week’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

The left back will be hoping to add to his two caps for the national side, and Wenger says Gibbs deserves his inclusion.

“I am pleased because it is a reward for the consistency of his performances since the start of the season,” Wenger said.

“As well it is always good to know when you are a football player that you can represent your country and that the national coach rates you.

“There is a big competition going on there because you have [Ashley] Cole, [Leighton] Baines and Gibbs. It is quite good for England to have so many good players in the position.”

Gibbs is one of three Gunners in the squad, with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also included. They are part of a crux of young English talent at Wenger’s disposal.

“I always said that the ideal mixture was to have a basic young squad where 60 per cent comes from this country and 40 per cent maybe from abroad,” he said.

“We get slowly there and we have good young talent from England.”

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5 Oct 2012