Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Arsenal star Gibbs tipped to shine for England

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Kieran Gibbs can force his way in to England's World Cup squad.

England manager Fabio Capello admits the 20-year-old left-back is in his thoughts as the Italian contemplates just who to take on the plane to South Africa next summer.

Gibbs, who has impressed for the Under-21s, is in line to start against Birmingham today as Gael Clichy is suffering from an ankle injury.

Wenger has every confidence the youngster — whose mistake in the Champions League semi-final against Manchester United last season proved so costly — can rise to the challenge.

“It is a big season for Kieran. I believe he has the quality to be the England left-back, and have said that for a long time,” said the Arsenal manager.

“He is still very young. He has a lack of experience, but has the quality.

“For him now it is to consistently play. He will play games with Arsenal this year and will play tomorrow.”

Arsenal resume domestic action on the back of six consecutive wins in all competitions.

However, it is at the end of the season when Wenger knows his young squad will be judged.

“Pressure is very big and has always been,” said Wenger, whose last piece of silverware was the 2005 FA Cup.

“We do not play for tablets of chocolate, we play for trophies and that is what we want to win.”

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