Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s signs of top quality form suggest he is capable of being one of England‘s key players at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The 20-year-old Arsenal midfielder’s return from injury has already been followed up by form that shows signs of him being a far more aware and wise decision making type of player.
It has only been a short period of form so far, but we know his quality is a rise in development rather than a mere period of good fortune and performance.
England’s midfield problems have been obvious for some time, with a lack of technical quality a pressing matter. Chamberlain has shown the signs of the type of player that is dynamic, a midfielder with more to his game than the typical English footballer.
He is extremely comfortable on the ball, but perhaps more important for International football, he is positive, wise and dangerous. He may not be something to turn England’s lack of hope into anything exciting for 2014, but with the future now the priority, I see little reason to leave him out of a theoretical England line-up.
He is becoming more of a central midfielder, capable of having a significant impact on the game week by week. His physical strength has clearly improved, but his decision making is–for me–the key.
The almost automatic inclusion for England right now seems to be captain Steven Gerrard. His club Liverpool are doing well, but I’m not sure his individual performances have been notable.
England manager Roy Hodgson would upset a few to drop Gerrard for someone like Chamberlain, but if Gerrard keeps others out who are more dangerous going forward and just as good on the ball out, then it would be frustrating.
Chamberlain started as a winger, but his performances in the middle of the field are showing–in my mind–that he is more than good enough to be considered as someone who can start for England at this summer’s World Cup; making England far more creative and positive than they currently are.