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Alex “The Ox” Oxlade Chamberlain picked up his first international goal and helped his team to a 5-0 victory against a “10 men” San Marino side at Wembley. He is now England’s fourth youngest goal scorer, thanks to his goal on Friday night.
The Arsenal youngster has been an excellent addition to the club and has proven himself worthy of international standard – and adding a goal is something pretty special to the 19 year old.
“I’ve been looking for my first goal for England and my dad’s been pushing me, telling me I need to get a goal.”
The pressure has been lifted off his back in spectacular fashion. As we all know, Chamberlain’s father was once an English starter himself and now his son had matched his own record with the Three Lions.
But this terrific news for one Gunner was overshadowed by another. Just 10 minutes into the game against San Marino, Theo Walcott picked up an injury which saw the Southampton youngster stretchered off the field. It has been confirmed that he will miss the game against Poland due to the injury he received to his chest. After his clash with the San Marino goal keeper, Aldo Simoncini, he received a bruise lung.
Roy Hogdson has voiced his opinion over Simoncini’s actions against Walcott, stating that :
“It may have caused him a quite considerable injury. And that’s never very satisfying as a national coach when a player who has been on international duty has to go back to his club with a serious injury.”
Theo is fine however he has been ordered to rest, meaning he will also miss three matches with the Gunners against Norwich, QPR and their Champions League match against Schalke.
“He’s important for England and important for Arsenal and obviously he’s my friend as well, so I wish him a speedy recovery,” voiced Oxlade Chamberlain.
“I’m just going to keep my head down and keep working hard and keep doing well for England.”
Roy Hodgson has several players to cover Walcott such as Aaron Lennon (who replaced the injured Walcott against San Marino), Adam Johnson, James Milner and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain who can all in wide positions such as Walcott.
England now makes the trip to Poland on Tuesday to continue their journey to Brazil.
Written by Siobhan Pedroza
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