The England manager Fabio Capello was watching the Arsenal v Man Utd game at the weekend, and the young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the one bright spark for the Gunners, while his established team-mate Theo Walcott was largely anonymous during the game.
Capello sent congratulations to the Ox after the game, and has recently admitted that the 18 year-old had done enough to convince him that he is ready to step up to the senior team from the U21s.
The Italian coach said: “I have been impressed with him.”
“He is a really interesting player. He is a good player, who has a lot of quality and is playing at a really high level. He will be a really interesting player for the next friendly games before the Euros.”
Chamberlain will be watched again in next weekends FA Cup match against Aston Villa, and Capello himself will be at the Arsenal v Tottenham match on the 26th Feb, the same day that he will name his squad for the friendly against Holland on the 29th.
If this week’s performances are anything to go by, The Ox could be in the squad while Walcott could be ignored once again?