Arsenal fullback Jenkinson: So difficult turning down Finland

Arsenal fullback Carl Jenkinson admits turning his back on Finland was one of the toughest decisions he's had to make.

Arsenal fullback Carl Jenkinson admits turning his back on Finland was one of the toughest decisions he's had to make.

Jenkinson played for Finland as a junior international, but is now fully committed to England.

He told arsenal.com: "It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. I've made so many good friends over the years and I had many successful years representing the Finnish youth teams. I grew as a man and a player playing for Finland. I found myself flying on my own to different countries all over the world as a 17-year-old to meet up with the national team, it was an eye-opener. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and have so many great memories.

"I will always have a strong connection with Finland, but ultimately I had to follow my heart. I was born and bred in England, its where I grew up and where I call home. I had to look myself in the mirror and ask myself, 'What do you really feel?'. The answer to that was English, and that was the main reason behind my decision."

 
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