By Chris Harris
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to deal with the pressure of a major tournament - and the expectations of the English public.
The 18-year-old is one of the stand-out names in Roy Hodgson's squad for Euro 2012 and will head to Poland and Ukraine less than a year after making his Premier League debut for Arsenal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is regarded as one of the hottest young talents in Europe and England fans will expect him to replicate his eye-catching club performances for his country. The teenager is confident he can deliver.
"The way I see it is that if you play football you want to play for clubs like Arsenal and you want to play for a country like England as well," he told Arsenal.com.
"You would be silly to want to do these things and not expect people to have high standards. People will support you but they will also expect you to deliver and I think that is all part of it. You have to have some pressure but at the same time you can't get worked up about it - football is football.
"It's like a singer, when they go up on stage the crowd expects a good performance. It's the same with football, when we go onto the pitch people expect us to deliver. We all just have to try and make sure we do our best to do so. We can only do that by working hard and expressing ourselves."
Hodgson's squad contains plenty of familiar faces but Oxlade-Chamberlain is not the only youngster in the travelling party. And he believes this could be a new dawn for the national side.
"With Roy Hodgson coming in everybody knows he is a really good manager, he has proved that a number of times of this season with West Brom," said Oxlade-Chamberlain.
"There are younger players coming through now mixed with those with more experience, which is a promising match. You still have to remember the likes of Jack [Wilshere] being injured and obviously Kyle Walker [who is injured] too. There are so many young players coming through for England at the moment, it is looking positive.
"I hope it is a fresh start and hopefully we can make something good happen. On a personal note I am delighted to be a part of it. With a new manager coming in and me being a new member to the squad it is just really good to be a part of it."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 May 2012