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Chamberlain hails 'mad' year

Chamberlain made his England debut against Norway (©GettyImages)
Chamberlain made his England debut against Norway (©GettyImages).

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 thefa.com, 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.

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