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The 18-year-old has said that he will "play with no fear" and is excited by the prospect of not only representing his country but also the experience that comes with it

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is determined to impress for England following his shock call-up to the Euro 2012 squad.

The 18-year-old has made a lasting impression since making his debut for Arsenal, and now hopes he can replicate his impressive form on the international stage. 

Oxlade-Chamberlain has made just 16 Premier League appearances, with more experienced players such as Aaron Lennon being left out, but the winger revealed that Hodgson picked him on merit and that the onus is now on him to repay the faith shown by the newly-appointed manager.

"I got a call this [Wednesday] morning from the manager and he just explained it to me then - that was about two hours before it was announced. He said it was down to merit and I just have to prove him right,” he told Arsenal’s official website.

The winger aims to do just that, insisting he will play in the same dynamic way that has left many Arsenal fans calling for him to be a permanent fixture in Arsene Wenger's side.

"I think I play with no fear, I run at players regardless of who they are and try to make a difference. I have a youthful enthusiasm and I am so excited about this that I will try and take any opportunity with both hands,” he added.

The youngster is excited, not just about his selection, but by what he feels he will gain and learn from the opportunity. 

"I am just looking forward to going there, learning from all the experienced players, training with them and trying my hand at everything. I am absolutely buzzing”, he continued.

"I would have probably laughed if someone had told me I would be in the Euro 2012 [squad] a year ago.

"Obviously you would like to think that and it is what you aim towards but sometimes you have to be realistic and realise it might take a little bit longer than that."