Young Gun­ner dream­ing of sen­sa­tional Eng­land call

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By MIKE MCGRATH

ARSE­NAL star­let Alex Oxlade-cham­ber­lain is dream­ing of play­ing for Eng­land at Euro 2012 – af­ter just THREE Premier League starts!

The speedy wide­man hit his first league goals for the Gun­ners in their 7-1 maul­ing of Black­burn on Satur­day.

And even though he is try­ing his best to only think about im­prov­ing for his club, he ad­mits thoughts of play­ing for the Eng­land se­nior team en­ter his head.

The Ox said: “Ob­vi­ously it would be very nice to play at Euro 2012 but I just have to keep my feet on the ground and take it step by step.

“I’m just fo­cus­ing on Arse­nal at the mo­ment and I’m also in the Eng­land Un­der21 squad. All I can do is fo­cus on what I am in­volved in.

“I have be­lief in my­self and in my own abil­ity. I just know that I have to keep work­ing hard and learn off the boys, and then hope­fully the rest will come.”

Oxlade-cham­ber­lain says be­ing sur­rounded by qual­ity play­ers like Robin van Per­sie and Thierry Henry – be­fore he heads back to the USA next week – is help­ing him learn.

The Ox added: “I’m one of the least ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in the squad, so any player who gives me a com­ment al­ways helps me, whether it is pos­i­tive or con­struc­tive crit­i­cism.


“I lis­ten to ev­ery­body. Peo­ple like Thierry and Robin, who score goals and are at­tack­ing play­ers like my­self, you can al­ways learn a lot from them.

“That’s all I do, I lis­ten and learn.

“At the mo­ment it’s go­ing quite well for me, so I’m just go­ing to keep work­ing hard.”

Jack Wil­shere is us­ing an ul­tra­sound de­vice in an at­tempt to speed up re­cov­ery from in­jury.

The Arse­nal and Eng­land mid­fielder has not played since pick­ing up a stress frac­ture on his right an­kle dur­ing pre-sea­son.

Last month he suf­fered a set­back when he felt pain while run­ning and con­firmed he had a stress frac­ture on his heel.

The 20-year-old posted a picture of his an­kle at­tached to the de­vice, which is de­signed to help frac­tures.

UP AND DOWN: OxladeCham­ber­lain is fly­ing high but Wil­shere (inset) is gut­ted af­ter suf­fer­ing an­other in­jury set­back

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