Tomas Rosicky says that Roy Hodgson’s willingness to use Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be of huge benefit to the player and to Arsenal.
The youngster was a surprise selection for England’s opening game of Euro 2012 and made a good impression during the 1-1 draw with France. Despite the fact he hasn’t yet reached 50 professional appearances, the Czech captain believes that it’s not a case of too much too soon, and hopes that Arsenal will reap the rewards.
“Of course I’m excited to see him getting his chance,” he said to a Czech newspaper which was then translated by Sky Sports. “For a boy his age it’s vital to get experience like that. So Arsenal can profit from that.
“He’s not the finished article, he has lots to learn but he is an amazing prospect and I just hope that he will work and he will grow.”
And Rosicky has no worries about him getting carried away after such a high profile introduction to international football.
“I know him, he has both feet on earth and he’s very confident. Even if you are like that, a tournament hits you anyway a little bit but that’s what you expect.”
Comparisons have been drawn between Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott’s inclusion in England’s 2006 World Cup squad, but they seem misplaced. For a start, Walcott went without even playing a first team game for the club and secondly, Oxlade-Chamberlain has already played in the tournament, something Theo never managed under Sven Goran Sony Eriksson.
It remains to be seen if The Ox’s performance means he’ll keep his place for England’s game against Sweden tomorrow evening, but if it’s a choice between him and Stewart Downing then there’s only going to be one winner. Even if the choice was between Stewart Downing and Stewart Downing I wouldn’t pick Stewart Downing.
Of course Hodgson could move Ashely Young to the left and give Theo Walcott a start on the right so there should be some Arsenal involvement.