Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recovery from injury helped by watching re-runs of England goal against Brazil
The Arsenal midfielder is back in the squad for the first time since August
Monday 03 March 2014
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed re-watching his goal against Brazil at the Maracana helped him recover from a serious knee injury.
The 20-year-old Arsenal midfielder has not featured for England since August after suffering a knee problem in the early stages of the current season.
He returns to Roy Hodgson's squad for Wednesday's Wembley friendly against Denmark having featured in 10 Arsenal games since the turn of the year.
Having been sidelined for the crucial final World Cup qualifying double-header, Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted seeing his great strike in a 2-2 draw with Brazil last June gave him extra impetus to return.
"When you are injured for a long period of time, looking back on moments in your career is inspiration and motivation to continue the hard work," he said.
"I'm not going to lie, I did have a few looks back at that moment and it kept me working hard - now I am back and fit and focused.
"There is no doubt it is always an honour to get called up and it was really nice to see my name back in the squad. It is a nice little reward and a good opportunity to be in and around the team again."
Given he has played much less football than the players he is contending with for a place in Hodgson's World Cup squad, Oxlade-Chamberlain could find himself with much more in the tank when the World Cup kicks off.
That is not an idea the former Southampton youngster has yet to buy into as he looks to build on his 13 caps.
"It is hard to say," he replied when asked if missing the start of the season could work in his favour.
"You never know how you are going to be feeling at the end of the season. Maybe once I'm back into full fitness I might have a bit left over come the summer but it is hard to say.
"I think you always have to be on your toes and make sure that when you have opportunities to play for your club or country you take it and show what you have to offer.
"I don't think I'm playing catch up, I'm a young player and I'm still learning - when I get the opportunity I always try to do my best."
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