Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger comments on Kieran Gibbs’s inclusion in England team v San Marino in Euro 2016 qualifier

Kieran Gibbs

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is delighted to see Kieran Gibbs start for England against San Marino in a Euro 2016 qualifier at London’s Wembley Stadium tonight.

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has been included in England’s starting line-up against San Marino tonight.

This is the 25-year-old’s only fourth appearance of his Three Lions career and his first for almost years. Gibbs made his debut for England back in 2010, but since then his progress and development has been hampered by injuries.

However, the left-back has been in impressive form this season, created two chances in four league appearances, while having an 87% pass accuracy.

Wenger is pleased to see his Arsenal player back in the England team, and believes that it is only fair to Gibbs.

'I like it and there's nobody more happy than me to see him [in the England team again]', the Frenchman told Arsenal's official website. 'I always trusted Kieran Gibbs to have that in his locker and to see that he finally gets his chance again is great news for me.

'I think mentally he has made a step forward in the last month, by taking more responsibility and by showing his huge potential.

'It's all there for Kieran and I believe that everybody at the club thinks it's justice done that he's back in the national team.

San Marino are not expected to give England much headache in the Euro 2016 qualifier at London’s Wembley Stadium tonight.

England’s first-choice left-back is Leighton Baines, but a good performance against San Marino could help Gibbs cement his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad in the long term.

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