World Cup Russia 2018


Arsenal star relishing competition for places

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Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has declared that England fans have plenty of reason to be excited about this summer's World Cup, telling the Express that competition for places will drive standards up across the board.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has fleetingly shown glimpses of a return to top form in recent weeks after finally returning from injury, with a stand-out display against Liverpool in the FA Cup by far the highlight of his campaign to date.

The 20-year-old has been restricted to 11 appearances in all competitions this season for the Gunners but still feels positive about England's World Cup hopes, after joining the Three Lions squad for Wednesday's friendly against Denmark at Wembley.

He told The Express: "It is definitely the biggest England squad that I've been in. It is nice to see a lot of faces of your peers and people you play in the Premier League every week.

"To get everyone together is exciting and the competition for places ups the level and tunes everyone in. That can only be a good thing."

England boss Roy Hodgson has called up a whopping 30 players to face Denmark, with plenty of decisions to be made in all positions ahead of this summer's South American showpiece.

With injury ruling Theo Walcott out of this summer's finals Oxlade-Chamberlain has a chance to stake his claim for starting spot under Hodgson this week out wide, while Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere is also a key feature for the Three Lions.

One Arsenal player frustratingly ruled out through is full-back Kieran Gibbs, who only returned from injury against Stoke City last weekend.

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