Chamberlain hails 'mad' year

Published Add your comment

Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is enjoying working under England boss Roy Hodgson and can't wait for Euro 2012 to kick off.

Chamberlain admits he's had a 'mad' year, jumping from League 1 Southampton to Champions League ties against AC Milan with Arsenal, and the talented youngster was rewarded for his achievements with a call-up to the England squad.

The 18-year-old made his Three Lions debut against Norway last weekend, and impressed after coming on as a second-half substitute. The former Southampton star is enjoying training under Hodgson and insists the mood around the camp is a happy one.

Speaking to, Chamberlain said: "He [Hodgson] lets players like me who like to run at people express ourselves and he gives us the licence to do that. There's a lot of enthusiasm around the camp, everyone is trying to impress because there is a lot of competition for places."

The England youngster is capable of playing in a number of positions, and although he has mainly featured on the wing for his club, Hodgson chose to deploy Chamberlain in a more central role.

"I'm not fussy about where I play, I'll just do the best I can in any position," said Chamberlain.

"It's been a mad year for me all round and to get selected for the Euros was massive. When you're a young lad you want to play in massive tournaments. I can't wait."

Chamberlain and England take on France in their first group game on June 11, before they play Sweden and Ukraine.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League

Read more

back to top