Oxlade-Chamberlain: Call-up 'surreal'

Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said his call-up to the England squad for Euro 2012 felt "surreal" but he is ready to seize his chance in Poland and Ukraine.


The 18-year-old was included in England manager Roy Hodgson's 23-strong squad for next month's European Championships after impressing during his debut season at Arsenal.

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the London club from Championship side Southampton last summer, and his inclusion in Hodgson's plans is the culmination of a season which saw him put himself on the map in both the Premier League and Champions League.

"I'm obviously delighted," Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal.com. "To be picked for your country at any stage is a massive honour and to be at a huge tournament likes the Euros is such a bonus.

"I would have probably laughed if someone had told me I would be in the Euro 2012 a year ago.

"Obviously you would like to think that and it is what you aim towards but sometimes you have to be realistic and realise it might take a little bit longer than that."

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