October 15, 2012
As if to emphasise how especially dull this particular international break has been, yesterday I watched a man fall to Earth from the edge of space. A MAN fell to EARTH from SPACE.
And today I’ve got to cobble together some news based around the fact that… Carl Jenkinson trained a bit with the England squad yesterday.
From one of the most exhilarating, extraordinary events I, or anyone, will ever have witnessed to probably the dullest piece of football news I’ve ever had to publish.
Oh well. I’ll try my best with it. After all, maybe all news is only as exciting as the way in which it’s reported. Here goes…
The world held its collective breath yesterday in anticipation of a moment that one man had spent a lifetime planning for. Carl Jenkinson, who just two years ago languished in the Charlton reserves would finally make an appearance on a training field alongside such luminaries as Kyle Walker, Jonjo Shelvey and of course, Fraser Forster. We were all well aware of the dangers of such an exciting step up. As the Associated Press reported:
His blood could boil. His lungs could overinflate. The vessels in his brain could burst. His eyes could hemorrhage. And, yes, he could break his neck.
Well, you know. Those things could have happened I suppose. Unlikely maybe. But vaguely possible.
As Jenkinson prepared to take his first steps onto the hallowed training turf there was yet more drama unfolding behind the scenes as it emerged that it wasn’t just cone drills and a kick about that were in the offing. Roy Hodgson wanted to promote him directly to the squad for Tuesday’s match against Poland in Warsaw but no sooner had he submitted his squad sheet than it emerged that owing to Carl’s dual nationality and having played already for Finland’s U-21 side, the FA would have to apply to FIFA for clearance all of which would take a month to process.
Still, no doubt it will have been another good experience for young Carl. One small step for Jenks and all that, and presumably, having decided to throw in his lot with the England set up after a chat with Hodgson yesterday, he’ll be in the reckoning for the next deathly dull international break towards the end of the year.
It will mean that potentially going into the next World Cup we could realistically have four, maybe five Arsenal stars on show in Jenks, Wilshere (everything crossed), Oxlade and Walcott. And I wouldn’t rule out Kieran Gibbs either. Not bad for a club routinely criticised for neglecting the development of homegrown talent over the years.
Right. Well I’m not going to hang around any longer than is strictly necessary this morning. I think I might go and watch the Baumgartner video again. I suggest you do the same.
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