Roy Hodgson has named his 24-man squad for England’s next round of fixtures, with four Arsenal players included among them, as reported by Arsenal’s official website.
There is a good chance that we will see some of our boys in action during one or both of England’s two games against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia – with a couple of players even likely to start.
Kieran Gibbs is the only Arsenal defender named – with Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson called up for the U21s instead (via the BBC) – and will be battling it out with Ryan Bertrand for the left-back spot.
Jack Wilshere is named in midfield, with Theo Walcott also classed as a midfielder. The national side have struggled to find a suitable player for the holding midfield role recently, with Wilshere utilised as a deep lying playmaker. Walcott found himself straight back in the England side after returning from injury, and despite struggling for game time with us, he may play a bigger role with the Three Lions.
Danny Welbeck is the fourth name on the list, and with a host of injuries he could be set to start both games. The other three forwards are Wayne Rooney, Charlie Austin, and somewhat surprisingly, Jamie Vardy.
With the games taking place in June, thankfully there is no chance of any of the boys getting injured ahead of our FA Cup semi final clash with Aston Villa. It will be a tricky game to negotiate, so we need their heads screwed on and for them not to be thinking about England.