Jenkinson impresses but Chambers left frustrated as England U21s beat Sweden



Carl Jenkinson delivered a hugely impressive performance as England U21s kept their hopes of reaching the latter stages of the European Championships alive with a 1-0 victory over Sweden today.

The win was secured courtesy of a sweet strike from Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, who had been introduced as a substitute.

England’s performance was hugely frustrating at times, with Gareth Southgate’s side, who lost to Portugal in their opening group game, struggling to create many clear-cut chances despite playing some neat possession-based football. However, they eventually prevailed and looked a more dangerous outfit as a consequence of Southgate’s decision to introduce Danny Ings at the start of the second-half.

When the opportunities did arrive, Jenkinson was usually heavily involved. On one occasion the right-back, who spent last season at West Ham United, delivered an excellent cross, with Harry Kane unable to convert.

Jenkinson has been linked with a loan move to Sunderland in recent days and his attacking qualities were on display here as he produced several further crosses, whilst he also missed a chance to find the net himself in the second-half.

The jury is still out on Jenkinson’s defensive capabilities, but he must be commended for his attacking endeavours.

Whilst one Arsenal defender is enjoying the tournament, the same can’t be said for another member of the England squad, Calum Chambers, who was an un-used substitute in each of England’s first two games.

Chambers’ omission from Southgate’s starting line-up was a little surprising given that he already has three senior caps to his name, with the former Southampton player surely representing a better alternative to Leicester City’s Liam Moore at centre-back. Chambers has endured a frustrating 2015 so far having been edged out of the first-team picture at Arsenal as a consequence of the development of Hector Bellerin and the signing of Gabriel.

His inclusion in the England squad for this tournament will, despite his lack of involvement so far, impinge upon his pre-season plans with Arsenal, with the Gunners usually giving players a month off after international excursions, meaning Chambers could miss the club’s involvement in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

However, he is a player with much potential and will surely be afforded further opportunities to impress with Arsenal, preferably at centre-back, at a later date.

Both England and Sweden named an Arsenal academy graduate on their bench today in Benik Afobe and Kristoffer Olsson respectively.

Arsenal’s other representative at this tournament is Serge Gnabry, with the German youngster being introduced for the final ten minutes as his nation beat Denmark 3-0 yesterday.



  1. I think jenkinson has a future at the club he more solid defender than Bellerin but obviously nowhere as quick …..we are well stocked at right back hopefully he is patience the fact he is a huge gunner might help him I’d point to coqulein as an example.

    Chambers looked great at the start he still very young maybe centre back or midfield might be an option for him with his versatilty….he has great potential

    1. Chambers is technically better footballer than many of our defenders, of any of them he could play in the centre of midfield. Bellerin is another that could play further up. As for jenkinson he is reaping the benefits of playing regular football, however, people rightly point out he needs to improve defensively, for me the way that full backs improve their game is to have a little stint at centre back. Look how well Monreal reacted once he played a few games there, it’s a stark reminder as to what your defensive duties are, some full backs end up playing wing back and neglect defending. Some vice versa, it’s just about getting the balance. Look how playing different roles (at freiburg) improved coquelin. At times he was berated for his performances in Germany, but he returned and focused on his best role and has basically nailed it. If you took alexis out of the equation, coquelin was our best player last season and he didn’t come in until what December?

  2. Nowhere near as quick? Strange then that he was recorded as the equal fastest last season amongst all players. I presume sadly the stop watch wasn’t working for Bellerin.

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