Saturday, 28 April 2012

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Should Be Euros Bound


TONY Pulis reckons England should take Arsenal wonderkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the Euros.

The Stoke boss revealed he missed out on signing the young winger before he joined the Gunners in August 2011. But he has seen enough in his game to convince him Oxlade-Chamberlain is going to be a star for club and country.

And he believes his education would get a rapid boost if he is given a chance to sample a tournament with England in the summer. He said: “I would take him. He is a top player. I would be very surprised if he did not go to the Euros in fact. He is that good.

“He can play off both feet and I think he can score goals. He is as strong as an ox and I do think he has a bright future. It would be great experience for him.

“And I don’t think he would let anybody down. Out of all the young players we talk about he has been exceptional in big games this season – even on European nights he has done exceptionally well.

“He has that ability to score a goal and that is going to help him. He looks at home in the big games.”

Sven Goran Eriksson famously took another Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott to the 2006 World Cup.

And the move backfired with Walcott failing to kick on for the experience.

But Pulis believes Oxlade-Chamberlain is smart enough to cope with the pressure that seemed to weigh heavy on Walcott’s shoulders.

He added: “My son Anthony worked with him at Southampton and was around him.

“He said as a person, both on and off the pitch, he was just so level headed that he has got everything in his locker to be a real, real player.”

It was Pulis’ junior who recommended the kid to Stoke during his time at the south coast club.

But before he could get too excited about landing the winger, Pulis discovered he was already out of the chase for his signature.

He said: “Anthony was there as a player and he told me about him.

“They were all talking about Adam Lallana and he said Chamberlain was the one.

“That was when the kid was 16. He said he was absolutely fantastic and his attitude was spot on. He thought he was going to be top draw.

“I put the feelers out and found four of the top clubs had already been sniffing around him and realised we didn’t have a chance.

“Once they have been in and made enquiries it is all over for us.”

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