Could being dropped from the England be the best thing for Oxlade-Chamberlain? IMO #4
Hi, I’m Will from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy, I am a keen journalist and football fan, that is why I’m re-launching my football-based series of articles called IMO (standing for ‘in my opinion’). I will add to this series once a month, so you can look forward to some new footy articles arriving at the YJA website!
Every young boy who plays football will want to be in their national team. If you get there then you must work your socks off in training and also you must be on a run of form, however being dropped is not always a bad thing.
In my opinion, a player’s omission should be a signal to get them working harder. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found this, as he has not been in the England team for a while, and with good reason. Training without conviction, not proving himself in big club games, poor application in internationals, I could go on.
At Arsenal (a team I find very hard to like, by the way) he can’t even get into the starting 11, so how can he be expected to perform for England?
Alex was brutally honest when he stated: “I’m not young now, therefore if I want to stand any chance of getting in the England squad I need to perform.”
So, the Arsenal player knows what he needs to do, he’s just struggling to do it. With talented youngsters, such as Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli on the scene, it will be hard for Oxlade-Chamberlain to regain his place in the England team.
Personally, as you may have already gathered, I don’t think he deserves a place on the international stage.
Will D, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy