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Arnesen: Mancienne for England

Hamburg defender Michael Mancienne is being tipped for an England senior call-up by the club's sporting director Frank Arnesen.

Mancienne moved to Hamburg in 2011 when Arnesen paid Chelsea 1.5million for the young defender, following his failure to make the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge, and despite loan spells at QPR and Wolves.

"If I was the [England] coach then I would definitely look at him, absolutely. He could be a good shout for the squad as he can play right-back and centre back. He has been outstanding," he told the Daily Mirror.

"We won against Hannover on Saturday and it was the best performance he's played in his 16 months since he came here.

"I think the Bundesliga is as tough as, or tougher than, the Premier League because the rhythm of the league is very high and it's physically tough.

"He has learnt so much from coming here. Not many English players go abroad but he's improved through doing it. He's developed as a player and as a person.

"He is not the tallest and yet his leap is unbelievable. He can jump so high. He is a aggressive in a good way, he is quick and good on the ball.

"When you play for England, it's a different style of football. You're playing international opponents and it helps if you've experienced playing regularly against different opponents with a different style and Michael has done that here."