Rio Ferdinand is getting a lot of stick for his odd tweet about Oxlade-Chamberlain and England

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From the perspective of England, it was a very hard international break to judge.

The Three Lions were without a number of key men due to 'injuries' and subsequently had to field two very inexperienced teams against Germany and Brazil.

Nevertheless, Gareth Southgate's side turned in two excellent defensive displays against the international Goliaths, recording back-to-back 0-0 draws at Wembley.

The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Joe Gomez, Harry Maguire and Tammy Abraham all showed positive signs, highlighting that England may have a bright future.

And this theory was mirrored by former Three Lions and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who took to Twitter to give a very positive take.


Hard to really disagree with that.

However, it was his second post that attracted a lot of criticism from football Twitter, as Ferdinand took a more controversial stance on the players that will be returning to bolster the England ranks.


Yeah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain probably shouldn't be mentioned in there Rio.

The Liverpool winger has endured a tough start to the 2017/18 season after his £40m move from Arsenal, starting just once in the Premier League.

Everyone knows he has potential, but as of yet, he has not shown his best form on a consistent basis.


Maybe think before you tweet.

A number of other players could have and should have been included instead of the Ox, particularly his teammate Adam Lallana, who England have sorely missed in recent times.


One man who does have faith in the 23-year-old is Jurgen Klopp and he heaped praise on him a few weeks back when he made a substitute appearance against Huddersfield.

He said: "I do want to specifically mention Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.


"He has shown his class each and every time he has had the opportunity on the pitch, and the weekend was another example.

"He is like dynamite when he comes on, aggressive in the most positive way, looking to attack and create."

He also said he "has the highest quality in everything he does," adding: "Sometimes I think he is the last to realise this."

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