Oxlade-Chamberlain targets Euro call up

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted he would love to earn an England call-up for this summer’s European Championships.


The former Southampton youngster has earned rave reviews this season with a string of virtuoso performances both in the Premier League and in European competition.


The 18-year-old claimed his first league goals of his Arsenal career with a brace against Blackburn back in February and has made 11 league appearance in total for the Gunners.


His performances against high-profile clubs such as Manchester United and A.C Milan in particular have led to calls for the talented youngster to be promoted to the senior England squad, however interim boss Stuart Pearce resisted the temptation when he took control for England’s friendly against the Netherlands in February.


Now Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted he would like to get a chance to show what he can do on the interntional stage, but insists he is happy for now to play his trade for Arsenal.


"It would be very nice but I don't get too far ahead of myself or get carried away," he told Arsenal Player.


England have endured a tumultuous 2012 so far as first John Terry was stripped of the captaincy armband before Fabio Capello resigned from his role as England manager over the handling of the captaincy issue.


However despite the upheaval Oxlade-Chamberlain believes England have more than enough young talent to do well in Poland and Ukraine, and pointed to the likes of team-mate’s Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott as the potential the Three Lions possess.


"The fact that they (Walcott and Wilshere) are pushing on already and are in the England squad, while playing week in, week out in the Premier League, can only be good.


"There are a lot of English players coming through, such as the likes of Danny Welbeck and Kyle Walker, while at Arsenal we have the likes of Jack Wilshere and Theo.


"As long as everyone keeps progressing as they are at the moment, it will be good for England's future.


"We have a lot of English talent here at Arsenal and we will all be working hard to get into the national team.


"The longer you play with people, the better you get to know them. You bond, and being around the same players means that you bounce off each other. It will be good for the future."

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