Arsenal and England winger Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain believes the current crop of youngsters involved in the Three Lions squad will improve their chances at next years World Cup in Brazil.
The likes of Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge are alongside The Ox in the English set up and are important components of Hodgson’s squad. There are still the experience campaigners that are involved, and the 19-year-old believes says England will have the perfect mix of youth and experience by the time of next year’s World Cup.
The England international said at an event for England sponsors Vauxhall:
“The team spirit under Roy Hodgson is brilliant. It’s a really good working environment.
“We have experience, youth and the quality to do damage at a tournament.
I see Danny Welbeck, a young player like me, doing really well. Playing well, scoring at the highest level and to see other young players coming through is great for the whole squad.
“The manager has brought young players into the squad, from the Euros onwards. That really helps for the future. Going to the Euros helped me. I’m sure Danny Welbeck will say the same.
“The set-up at St George’s Park will also help as the seniors, under-21s are all together.
“I see Danny Welbeck, a young player like me, doing really well. Playing well, scoring at the highest level and to see other young players coming through is great for the whole squad.
“I feel sure we can make good things happen. There’s a spirit, no one is inhibited and the fact there’s more young lads in the squad means you’re not going in on your own.
“The older lads are like mentors, they give you confidence and it really helps. I think that’s how a good team with spirit, togetherness and confidence is built.
“Theo used to tell me that as a young player at Arsenal he was the only young English lad there, along with Ashley Cole. He told me he found it a little bit hard to settle in and get into the team.
“From my experience of getting into the Arsenal team, having other young British lads around helped me settle down a lot. It’s the same with England, with good young players around the squad. Sturridge, Welbeck, Caulker, loads of young players.
“By starting earlier you form better relationships and play better together.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a turbulent season so far with the Gunners and has not played quite as much of a role this term as he would have wanted, and has valued his experience with the England senior set up.
He continued: “It was an amazing experience. I can use that for the rest of my career to spur me on to play in more tournaments.”
“The games come thick and fast. You have to play, recover, and do it again three days later.
“It means the world to me to know the manager has faith in me. All I can do is keep repaying his faith by playing as well as I can when I get the chance for England.”
Looking to next summer’s massive tournament, he added: “We have to make sure we qualify for Brazil.
“I grew up idolising Ronaldo. All these players – Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Cafu.
“To play them in their own country will be a great experience.”