Oxlade-Chamberlain hails educational Euro 2012 experience

The youngster impressed for Arsenal last season, and could play a big part in Arsene Wenger's plans, with reported interest in Theo Walcott from several clubs
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says that playing for England at this summer's European Championship was an unforgettable experience, which has left him eager to improve.

The 18-year-old impressed in his first season at Arsenal, and is tipped to be one of England's brightest prospects for the future, his eye-catching domestic performances resulted in a call-up to the Three Lions' squad for Euro 2012, where he started the opening game against France.

"I enjoyed every minute of it, it was amazing for me," he told Arsenal Player.

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"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 for the Gunners' pre-season tour, and he is eager to return to action.

"To get back into training, see the boys and play football again - I just can't wait for it," he continued.

"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."