Oxlade-Chamberlain: We can boost England
Published : 19 Mar 2013 07:17:01Rss feed
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feels Arsenal's England core can only get stronger - for both club and country.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 19, recently committed his long-term future to the Gunners, along with Three Lions squad-mates Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson. The attack-minded midfielder will join Walcott with the rest of Roy Hodgson's 25-strong party at St George's Park ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
Oxlade-Chamberlain told Press Association Sport: "We are all growing up together, and in similar positions with playing for a club like Arsenal and for the international team. It will stand us in good stead for our club and also for England, because the more you play with your team-mates, growing up with them, you start to know them inside out."
Wilshere is not fit for these next two England fixtures, while Gibbs has just returned from injury and Jenkinson will also continue to press his claim for a recall after a senior debut against Sweden.
It is a collective drive within the Arsenal squad for international success with England which Oxlade-Chamberlain feels can only bode well on the road towards the 2014 World Cup and beyond.
He added: "It is good to have all that support around you, and mates too, which is the most important thing in football, the relationships with your team-mates. It makes it a bit more special to be able to go away with England and be with players from your club team."
Wilshere returned to action this season after more than a year on the sidelines through injury.
The England and Arsenal midfielder has drawn great praise for his all-action displays as the Gunners press for Champions League qualification, which were mirrored with England in the 2-1 friendly win over Brazil at Wembley last month.
"Since Jack has come back, he has been outstanding. He has performed to an amazing standard," Oxlade-Chamberlain said of his team-mate.
"For Jack, the injury he had, he learned a lot from that, he grew as a player and a person, to get back from that 18 months out has really shaped him, he is a dedicated professional - the preparation he puts in not to get injured in the future is amazing."
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