VIDEO: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Admits He Listened to This Song 50 Times Before England Debut

Ollie Knight
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​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song ' Mavado - Settle Down' 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012.


The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo.


The secret behind his steady debut?  Jamaican singer-songwriter Mavado.

“My first ever trip with England, we played Norway away, ” ​he said in an exclusive video for Footballers Lives. “It was after my first season with Arsenal and I was obviously really surprised to get the call-up.

“It was for the Euros in 2012 and I remember my debut was against Norway. The night before the game, I think Mavado – Settle Down had just come out and I literally must have listened to it 50 times on repeat the whole night and then the whole next day on the way to the stadium.”

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