Gareth Southgate launched the second phase of his England tenure at Wembley yesterday, cutting senior players from his squad and promoting youngsters as he tries to build a team who can play his football.
"We had to qualify, so to fiddle too much with the team while you are still having to win - and you're not certain whether the lads are going to be able to go in and handle it - is hard", Southgate said. "In the system we play, I see him a bit more advanced".
"Those teams have obviously also got good foreign players around them, but they're absolutely the nights that we want our players involved in", said Southgate, whose team finished top of their World Cup qualifying group.
"And that is a style thing I want to look at". Ashley Young, who last played for England in September 2013, was also recalled. "So while if I had to do it tomorrow I'd know who I'd take, over the next six months that could evolve drastically".
Southgate was asked whether he believes Smalling is incapable of playing out from the back.
But now Wenger has explained why our Jack is still finding it hard to get a place in our Premier League Starting XI at the moment, despite the fans calling for the Englishman to replace the under-pressure Granit Xhaka.
"That's only going to build their confidence and benefit us as a country".
"I am excited by young English players that are coming through", he added.
"It's a great grounding for them to be playing in big Champions League matches".
'Personally, I think he's ready.
However, Southgate has clearly had a change of policy as a lack of regular game time on Merseyside has worked against Oxlade-Chamberlain, whereas the likes of Abraham, Loftus-Cheek and Gomez have benefited from their regular appearances at club level.