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West Ham defender proud to be a Davenant School boy

PUBLISHED: 15:01 08 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:01 08 October 2014

West Ham United's Carl Jenkinson applauds the fans after the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

West Ham United's Carl Jenkinson applauds the fans after the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

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Arsenal loan player Carl Jenkinson praises his old school days

Davenant School where Carl Jenkinson attendedDavenant School where Carl Jenkinson attended

West Ham loan star Carl Jenkinson, made his first start for West Ham in the 2-0 victory over QPR on Sunday and will be with the England under-21s for their two vital Euro Championships play-off clashes with Croatia.

But the Arsenal man certainly hasn’t forgotten his roots.

He attended the Davenant Foundation School in Loughton as a youngster and he was full of praise for their help in his development.

“It was a bit more of a rugby school than a football one, but luckily the head teacher and the sports coaches there recognised I had a bit of ability on the footballing front and embraced it,” he explained.

“They let me have the odd day off to train and develop and I have always been grateful to the school for acknowledging the fact that I had a chance to make it as a footballer.”

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