‘SNUB WAS A WAKE-UP CALL’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ALEX OXLADE-CHAM­BER­LAIN ad­mits be­ing left out of Sam Al­lardyce’s only Eng­land squad as a “jolt” and a “wake-up call” to make the most of his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer. The Ar­se­nal mid­fielder is back in­volved af­ter be­ing called up by Gareth South­gate for this week’s World Cup qual­i­fiers against Malta and Slove­nia. But he says miss­ing out for Al­lardyce’s one game at the helm, a 1-0 win in Slo­vakia, made him re­assess his role with the na­tional side. “I didn’t speak to Sam at all but I was dis­ap­pointed,” he said. “I had hopes to be in­volved. I had a good pre-sea­son and I felt quite strong so I was dis­ap­pointed. But that hap­pens. There are a lot of young play­ers es­pe­cially now that are do­ing re­ally well and it’s not an easy squad to get into. I have been play­ing for Eng­land since I was 18 and while I wouldn’t say I took it all for granted, it just seemed to be a part of my sea­son – to play for Ar­se­nal and to play for Eng­land. And so to be avail­able and to be feel­ing good and fit – to not be in, yeah, it was a jolt. It was a wake-up call.”

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