Ox: England won't fear anyone
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is upbeat about England's chances at Euro 2012
England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on a steep learning curve after his international tournament debut in the Euro 2012 Group D clash against France on Monday.
The 18-year-old Arsenal starlet was handed his first competitive start by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson in Donetsk, and revealed that the experience will stand him in good stead for the future.
"In tournament football there are going to be periods in the game where you're up against world-class players in opposition teams and won't get a lot of the ball," he reflected on Arsenal.com.
"You've just got to make sure you get the right result – and sometimes you've got to win ugly, as they say. We have got a lot of quality in our team, but France showed lots of quality as well."
Having dominated possession for much of the game, France felt aggrieved at the 1-1 scoreline, but Oxlade-Chamberlain feels it was a fair result, with England getting their just rewards for a resilient defensive display.
And, as attention now turns to Friday's clash with Sweden, the onus will be on the Three Lions to deliver a more positive performance, as they look to gather all three points.
The Swedes are not in the same class as Laurent Blanc's side, but the teenager insists neither he or his teammates will be taking their next opposition for granted, even if they go all out to win the game.
"Every game in this competition is going to be very hard for us," Oxlade-Chamberlain added. "Teams wouldn't have qualified unless they had the quality in the first place.
"So we're approaching every game the same way and know it will be tough, but we have the ability to do damage to anyone on our day.
"As long as we keep approaching each game in the right way and keep our eye on our goals, working hard and matching each team we come up against, then hopefully our attacking prowess can come out."