Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feels his call up to the England squad is a big reward after months of hard work and dedication during his rehabilitation overcoming a serious knee injury.
The 20-year-old was sidelined from halfway through the opening day fixture against Aston Villa and only returned in the reverse fixture on January 13.
The Arsenal star has produced a number of exciting performances namely against Crystal Palace and Liverpool, and has rightfully been named in Roy Hodgson’s squad to face Denmark this week.
The Ox admitted he used his stunning strike against Brazil as inspiration to come back stronger. He has done so at club level but will be looking to replicate his form for his country to cement his place in The Three Lions squad for this summers World Cup in Brazil.
Speaking at today’s pre-match press conference, he said:
It’s always an honour to get called up so nice to see my name in the squad. It’s a nice reward to be back.
When you are injured for a long time. When you look back on moments of your career it’s always an inspiration to help you back.
I’m not going to lie, I did have a few looks back at that moment [against Brazil] and it kept me working hard – now I am back and fit and focused.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been in and around the England squad since 2012, becoming a surprise inclusion in Hodgson’s Euro 2012 side, starting against France in their opening match.
He cherished the time in his debut senior international tournament, and hopes ex-team mate Luke Shaw can experience a similar breakthrough this season.
I remember Luke from when I was at Southampton. I think he has been absolutely outstanding.
The maturity he has been playing with and the consistency level has been unbelievable.
For me, going to the Euros was a massive experience and it almost came as a surprise to see my name selected for that.
It gave me a pedestal to push on with my Arsenal and England career.
England face Denmark on Wednesday night at Wembley Stadium