The Ox gets big praise from Hodgson and Lampard by TS
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made a start for England as they thundered past Moldova 5-0 in their first World Cup qualifier. The Arsenal winger was praised by England manager, Roy Hodgson and Frank Lampard after his performance last night.
Roy Hodgson released a statement saying, “I was really pleased with Tom (Cleverley) and Alex. It’s nice to see these young players taking their chances and showing they merit a place in the squad. Alex was excellent and also for the first 15 minutes of the second half.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was credited with an assist in the match and certainly did not look out of place before being replaced by Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott in the second half.
Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard added, ‘They’re brilliant, of course they’re good enough. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was brilliant. He lit up the first half and it’s great to see players like that coming through.’
The Ox is reportedly set to sit down with Arsenal to discuss an extension to his current contract despite the player having a contract with the Gunners which runs until 2017. It is believed that the club wish to offer him improved terms after what was a breakthrough first season which saw him make his full international debut.
Oxlade-Chamberlain made 26 appearances for Arsenal last season, six in the domestic cups, four in Europe and 16 in the league, starting six times. The winger has already featured in two of Arsenal’s three matches this season, starting once and coming on as a substitute in the other. It won’t be long before he adds to his four goals from last season.