Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says that being left out of the England squad by Sam Allardyce was a ‘kick up the backside.’
The Arsenal man was not selected by Sam Allardyce for his only game in charge before The Telegraph’s lame sting brought him down, and having been brought back into the fold by Gareth Southgate, says there was a lesson there for him.
Speaking about his absence, he said, “It provided a real kick up the backside. I have been playing for England since I was 18 and, while I wouldn’t say I took it all for granted, it just seemed to be a part of my season – to play for Arsenal and for England.
“And so, to be available and feeling good and fit – but not to be in the squad was a jolt. It was a wake-up call.
“I am not young now, I am 23, so you need to be performing and playing as much as you can to deserve a chance to go and play for England.
“So, being back in the set-up now makes me realise how special it is and it is something I want to keep happening in the foreseeable future.”
Well, there you go. He hasn’t really found his best form yet this season, but still has two goals to his name – and a half an assist for kicking Koscielny’s foot which kicked the ball into Koscielny’s arms for the winner against Burnley last weekend.
Let’s hope he can start to fulfil some of that potential.