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Paul Merson has savaged Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain over his England selection

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn't exactly hit the ground running at Liverpool.

As the transfer deadline loomed this summer, the Englishman became more and more disgruntled at Arsenal with Chelsea and the Reds interested in his signature.

Fears of playing at wing-back in west London eventually saw the 24-year-old settle on a move to Merseyside with Arsenal harvesting £40 million from his sale.

And when your last game for the Gunners was a 4-0 thrashing, you'd like to think things couldn't possibly get any worse. Well, it's fair to say the 5-0 bludgeoning at Manchester City set the tone for the Ox in his eventful, albeit brief, Liverpool career so far.

His cameo in that torrid afternoon at the Etihad Stadium was soon followed by a nightmarish performance away to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.

The 24-year-old was slammed for his range of passing and a corner Iago Aspas would be proud of. It's no huge surprise that it remains his only start in a Liverpool shirt, so far.

However, all that considered, Oxlade-Chamberlain was selected in the England squad for this week's conclusion to the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Gareth Southgate conceded this week that some players in the team 'do not deserve to be there.' While the likes of Fabian Delph and Jesse Lingard perhaps have even more tenuous claims to inclusion, the Ox isn't far from this bracket.

England Training Session and Press Conference

One man who certainly isn't impressed is Paul Merson.

The ex-Arsenal man has established something of a reputation for, let's say, questionable punditry yet his verdict on Oxlade-Chamberlain is surprisingly calculated by his standards, but no less savage.

The Sky Sports pundit said: "Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be very fortunate to play. In my day and age he wouldn't even be in the squad."

You can't exactly argue with the man. In 1998, Merson collected his final England cap among a squad that included the likes of Alan Shearer, Gary Neville, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Tony Adams and Michael Owen.

Merson dropped the comment whilst picking his England XI to face Slovenia tonight.

He selected the surprising tame line-up of: Joe Hart, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker, Ryan Bertrand, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane.

England Media Access

Perhaps Hart and Bertrand are debatable but for man who snubbed Kevin de Bruyne in his combined Manchester City and Chelsea XI, fair play.

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