Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is almost certain to earn his seventh England cap on Tuesday at Wembley against a strong Ukraine side, but the Arsenal man will have to maintain his level of performance beyond forty-five minutes this time.
That’s the view of England boss Roy Hodgson, who expects a sustained effort from the winger if selected this Tuesday night after he seemed to go missing in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half against the Moldovans.
What a good opening period the 19-year-old had though, bringing his great club form of late onto the international stage. He was involved in everything positive about England in the first half, which included an assist for the third goal setting up Jermain Defoe, and he has done his chances of a regular starting place no harm at all.
With his involvement in the England squad and the experience he is sure to gain from playing for his country, it certainly bodes well for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Arsenal career. He has started two out of Arsenal’s opening three games, and if he continues to improve and learn his trade on the flanks, he has a very bright future with the Gunners and for England.
The one thing that defines Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is his temperament. The lad is a real talent, but yet the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch is commendable, not getting carried away, striving to get better and better.
Seven seasons ago a certain Cesc Fabregas donned the number fifteen jersey at Arsenal in his first full season, and we all know what impact he had, so here’s hoping the Emirates’ new number fifteen can emulate the Spaniard’s achievements at the club.