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The Arsenal youngster put in a sterling performance for the Three Lions in their routine 5-0 win over Moldova and could now cement a place in Roy Hodgson's starting XI

More than half of Goal.com readers think that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the standout star of England's 5-0 win over Moldova on Friday and has laid a claim for a regular spot in Roy Hodgson's starting XI on the road to World Cup 2014.

55.42 per cent of participants in our poll declared that the Arsenal youngster, who created several chances for his teammates before being replaced by fellow Gunner Theo Walcott after almost an hour, was the player most likely to keep his place for upcoming internationals.

The former Southampton prodigy took advantage of an injury to Sunderland winger Adam Johnson and after his performance in Chisinau on Friday, the 19-year-old could start again against Ukraine on Tuesday.

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Such was the quality of Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance, that the next highest player - Manchester United's Tom Cleverley - received just 28.41% of the vote.

The 23-year-old was heavily praised by Hodgson for his showing in the win over the Eastern European minnows, as he continued the fine form he displayed for Team GB at the Olympic Games.

Everton left-back Leighton Baines, who added England's fifth goal with a deflected free-kick, placed third with 8.23% of the votes cast.

The former Wigan man came into the side for injured regular Ashley Cole and gave a solid performance that was capped off with his first international strike late in the game.

Finally, Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe came in fourth place with just 3.23% despite netting England's third goal of the evening having also scored in the recent friendly against Italy.

Commenting on the debate, Goal.com reader Kikik said: "Judging each England player against the other England players I would say that the Ox was the best player and Defoe the most wasteful. Lampard was good."

Tidishi also thought Chelsea star Lampard played well, adding: "Lampard proved he should be allowed to keep playing. Age isn't a factor."

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