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Oxlade-Chamberlain cherishes England run

9 September 2012 05:19

England and Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hailed the advice he has been given by his international team-mates.

The teenager starred in the Three Lions' comfortable 5-0 win over Moldova in World Cup qualifying on Friday and is hoping to have done enough to face Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday evening.

"I get endless advice on all sorts of things offensively and attacking," the 19-year-old told the Daily Mirror.

"It's more team, tactical advice.

"Not being as experienced as everyone else, they can always help me out on that side of the game and then everyone just says: 'When you get in the attacking third, do your stuff'.

"That gives me the licence to know they are backing me and have confidence in me to let off the handbrake and do what I can do.

"It's great having senior players around me like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard all giving advice and helping me on the way.

"It would be special to face Ukraine; it's always an honour to run out at Wembley. I had the honour to do it in a friendly against Belgium, so to be able to do that against Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier would be really good for me."

Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the past 12 months since moving to Arsenal from Southampton, bursting into the Gunners' first team before making an impression on the international front, featuring at Euro 2012 for England, but the midfielder insists he is only getting started.

"I've got a long way to go, so I just make sure I work hard and take every training session and game day by day, and push on from there," he added.

"This is just the start of my career and I've got to keep working very hard day in, day out to keep making sure I get in the team. It's not going to be easy for me, but I need to try to make it happen.

"I try to be very hard working, but when I get on the pitch I just rely on my ability and trust in myself. That's all I can do."

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