England boss praises Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal winger produces a fine display against France in UEFA Euro 2012

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a superb debut season in the Barclays Premier League

England boss Roy Hodgson tipped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a big international future after the Arsenal midfielder gave an assured performance in the 1-1 draw with France in UEFA Euro 2012.

Alex was a surprise pick for the starting line-up but Hodgson said the 18-year-old had earned his place.

"He deserved it," said Roy.

"The way he's played since coming into the squad, the performance he gave against Belgium, the ability he has to skip past defenders - which is an important ability to have - is excellent."

Key Points

  • England boss tips Arsenal winger for the top after draw against France
  • Teenage midfielder shone on the left-wing before late substitution
  • Manager Roy Hodgson says Oxlade-Chamberlain deserved starting spot