Ox knocks on England door


Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be fast-tracked into the senior England squad, after impressing Fabio Capello in his fleeting performances for the Gunners this season reports the Daily Telegraph.

The 18-year-old has also caught the eye in Stuart Pearce's England U21s set-up this year, and could be timing his run of form perfectly ahead of the European Championships in Poland & Ukraine this summer.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made his full Barclays Premier League debut for Arsene Wenger's side in Sunday's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United, and was one of Arsenal's leading lights throughout the game.

The youngster was substituted soon after setting up Robin Van Persie's equalising goal, much to the dismay of the Emirates Stadium faithful. But the winger excelled during his 75 minute cameo, and received a message of congratulations after the game from the onlooking Three Lions boss.

It's not the first time that Oxlade-Chamberlain has attracted Capello's attention though, after the Italian tactician commented on his potential after England's friendly win over Sweden back in November.

"I have been impressed with him, he is a really interesting player," he confirmed. "He is a good player, who has a lot of quality and is playing at a really high level.

"He will be a really interesting player for the next friendly games before the Euros."

The Arsenal star's chances of being included in England's 23-man squad for Euro 2012 have improved markedly since his vibrant impact on Wenger's first-team.

But with just nine appearances to his name since moving to north London in a £12million deal from Southampton last August, he will need a more regular run in the side if he is to really put himself in contention for the national team.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's pace, and direct running could prove to be a useful tool for an England side that will be missing the services of Wayne Rooney for the opening two group games at this summer's tournament.

But the midfielder must stay in the Arsenal team, or at least feature more regularly in order to gain more experience, and force his way into Capello's squad.

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