By Rob Kelly
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says featuring for England at Euro 2012 this summer was an unforgettable experience - and has left him hungry for more.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise since his move from Southampton to Arsenal last August, winning rave reviews for a superb first campaign in the Premier League.
His eye-catching displays also led to a call-up to the England squad for the European Championship, where he started the opening game against France and stepped off the bench against Sweden and Ukraine.
“I enjoyed every minute of it, it was amazing for me,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player. “I have come such a long way - from last season's pre-season to going away with England in a massive tournament this year.
“I learnt so much from going away to the Euros and it makes you want to strive for more.
“The next tournament coming up is Brazil in 2014 but first and foremost I need to concentrate on Arsenal. But on the international stage I need to keep impressing the manager.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain will be travelling to the Far East this week on Arsenal’s summer tour and he is thoroughly looking forward to it.
“To get back into training, see the boys and play football again - I just can't wait for it,” he said.
“I spoke to the boss and Colin [Lewin] the physio and they said I am in on Thursday, but I asked if I could come in earlier! I just can't wait to get started again and get cracking with the new season.”
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