Arsenal ace looks to emulate Man Utd, Liverpool and West Ham legends

09:03 10 October 2012

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in action for England. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA wire

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in action for England. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has targeted 100 England caps and also hopes to add trophies into the mix.

The 19-year-old is currently with the national side as they prepare for the visit of international minnows San Marino to Wembley on Friday night.

Should he play Oxlade-Chamberlain will make his eighth international appearance and after breaking into the senior side at such a young age, he hopes he can go on to emulate the likes of Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and World Cup winners Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton.

“I want to get as many caps as I can for England, score as many goals as I can, win as many things as I can with England and Arsenal,” he said.

“Everyone would like to get to 100 caps, but that’s a massive target. If I can get close to that I will be absolutely delighted.

“I guess I could say 100 and I would be more than satisfied. I’ve got to do well on and off the pitch to get there, though.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain was called up to Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad only a year after moving from Southampton to Arsenal, and the youngster says he takes inspiration from playing and training alongside some of the country’s big stars.

He said: “Just being able to train with the boys, people like Steven Gerrard that I have grown up watching, was massive for me.

“Then to get the nod to play in the first [Euro 2012] game was unbelievable. It was massive for me.

“It was just inspirational for someone like me. I want to make sure I work hard enough to keep getting in those England squads.”

Related articles


Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News


Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld could be available for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen or next Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal, says Mauricio Pochettino.

Yesterday, 12:00

Ryan Sellers feels his return to Wingate & Finchley increases his long-term prospects of a Football League comeback – because he is enjoying the game again.

Yesterday, 11:00

In the latest of a series of features casting the spotlight on local football fans, Hendon chairman Simon Lawrence reveals his favourite players, his most memorable matches, his funniest moment with the Greens and the biggest challenge facing the club.

Yesterday, 10:00

The newly-formed Camden & Islington Girls League kicked off on Friday as six teams got the competition up and running at Market Road.

Yesterday, 09:00

Captain Cian Hynes believes Hendon can adjust their initial target for the season and now aim for a place in the top three or four after Saturday’s victory over Wasps.

Yesterday, 08:00

Hampstead head coach Peter Breen says Pete Wood’s impressive return to the first team underlines the club’s strength in depth after the winger scored twice in Saturday’s victory over London Nigerian.

Yesterday, 07:30

Casey Maclaren hopes he has many more happy years ahead at Hendon, stating he will be with the Greens for as long as they want him, after making his 300th appearance for the club.

Wed, 17:15

Joyce Esser struck a hat-trick as Hampstead & Westminster Ladies secured their fourth victory in a row in the Women’s Conference East, beating Harleston Magpies 4-1 and leapfrogging their visitors into the top three places.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport


Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now