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Oxlade-Chamberlain starts for England against France

India TV News Desk 11 Jun 2012, 22:38:46 IST
India TV News Desk
Ukraine, Jun 11: England coach Roy Hodgson has handed attacking midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a surprise start for Monday's European Championship Group D match against France.

The 18-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is the son of former England winger Mark Chamberlain, impressed for Arsenal this season with his marauding runs, nonstop energy, excellent dribbling and his tracking back.

Oxlade-Chamberlain makes only his third appearance for England, and his second start.

He came on as a late substitute against Norway in May and then started the home game against Belgium earlier this month.

His athletic presence should help England's defense cope with France's attacking fullbacks.