Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is raring to go for this week’s England friendly against Scotland and has expressed his pride at pulling on the Three Lions shirt in a new video series ‘England Matters’.
The 19-year-old has become an established England international but is keeping his feet firmly on the ground insisting he will always have to earn his place within the squad.
The Ox set Rio alight with a stunning finish against Brazil in the countries last set of friendlies and is excited to return next summer for the real thing – the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Speaking alongside fellow England newbie Daniel Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain explained his experience of joining the senior England squad and looked ahead to the future.
The Arsenal midfielder said on his Brazil experience:
It’s an amazing country, especially Rio – the city’s unbelievable.
I’ve seen people playing in the street, they’re very experimental with a lot of flair, and it does make you want to try stuff.
They’re just doing it for a laugh but their tricks and their skills are probably a lot better than a lot of professional footballers.
Everyone was saying “we need to get back here next year”. Imagine this x100, to see how passionate everyone it and how busy it’s going to be. It’s definitely something we’re all striving for.
My dad played for England as a footballer, and in my eyes he was just my dad – so I thought if he can do it why can’t I do it. That’s just being young an naïve I guess.
In any walk of life, never mind football, you’ve always got to be appreciative of the opportunities you get. You’ve always got to have self belief, but you can never let that self belief be overtaken with too much arrogance because you’ve got to realise that anyone can take your place at any moment.