Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to have a huge season for Arsenal, but his next game will be for England in the upcoming international fixtures against San Marino and Switzerland. The Three Lions star has spoken on the difficulties of being a young player looking to break into the England squad, and insists that one of the more challenging aspects is dealing with the fans, as reported by the Express.
The Ox went on to stress the importance of self belief, stating that if you don’t back yourself, nobody else will.
“When young players come into the squad they have to get used to that added pressure of playing for England,” he said.
“Playing for England, you will come under criticism at some point. There are a lot of fans from different clubs who support England and they will always have their own opinions going through the season on whether you should be in the squad or not. These are the things you have to deal with.
“You are always told you have to believe in yourself, otherwise nobody else will. You can’t go too far wrong with that.”
Now 22-years-old, Chamberlain is getting to the point where he needs to start proving himself. He is one of the most promising young talents in the Premier League, but must start realising his massive potential.
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He already has a number of caps for England, and is starting to see more game time at Arsenal. This season could prove massive for him, and the fan favourite needs to grab the opportunity with both hands. He has shown signs of vast improvement already – scoring against Chelsea in the Community Shield and playing a key part in the own goal against Newcastle – so hopefully it continues.