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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Ox not thinking about Euro 2012

ESPN staff

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the success of young English talent at Arsenal bodes well for England, but he insists he is not thinking about his chances of playing at Euro 2012.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has impressed this season since his arrival at the club in the summer, while Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs have also been key members in the Gunners' Premier League campaign.

Although Jack Wilshere has spent all of the season on the sidelines with an ankle injury, he had begun to establish himself as a regular under Fabio Capello before the Italian resigned as England coach in February.

At 18, Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to break into the senior side, although a string of impressive performances for Arsenal will have done his chances of a place at Euro 2012 no harm. However, the former Southampton winger is refusing to get carried away with such talk.

"It would be very nice [to be involved] but I don't get too far ahead of myself or get carried away," he told Arsenal Player. "My main focus is to see the end of the season out with Arsenal and help us do as well as we can. We have a long way to go to get a Champions League spot and hopefully top three as well. It would be very nice, but one step at a time is the way to go."

Walcott and Gibbs scored in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa last month - the first time since 1997 that two Englishmen had scored in a Premier League match for Arsenal. And Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his compatriots at Emirates Stadium have already shown they can compete with the best in world football.

"There are a lot of English players coming through, such as the likes of Danny Welbeck and Kyle Walker, while at Arsenal we have the likes of Jack Wilshere and Theo," he said.

"As long as everyone keeps progressing as they are at the moment, it will be good for England's future. We have a lot of English talent here at Arsenal and we will all be working hard to get into the national team.

"The longer you play with people, the better you get to know them. You bond and being around the same players means that you bounce off each other. It will be good for the future.

"For their age they are all really mature and fearless. You forget how young Jack is - he is such a confident lad - but at the same time they are all humble as well.

"When it comes to football they are really focused and just get on with the job. They are technically very good and have the right mindsets to become world-class players."




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