Hodgson wants more consistency from Oxlade-Chamberlain

The 19-year-old Arsenal winger looked less effective in the second half and the England boss feels he needs to maintain a more consistent level of performance in his overall play
England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was warned by manager Roy Hodgson about his consistency after allowing an impressive first-half performance in the emphatic win against Moldova to drop significantly in the opening stages of the second half.

Chamberlain will be looking to ensure there is no repeat of that in the next game, on Tuesday, when England host Ukraine in another World Cup 2014 qualifier. That will be his first competitive match at Wembley, and ahead of it Hodgson intends to sit down with the Arsenal attacker and explain to him what he expects.

The 19-year-old had excelled down the left flank throughout the opening period at the Zimbru Stadium but his display fizzled out after the interval, something which concerned Hodgson, who told reporters: "I thought he'd been very good through that first half.

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"But we'd made it clear to him we intended to take him off after 60 minutes, so I think he forgot to play in those first 15 minutes of the second half. That will be an interesting lesson for him as well."

Prior to the Moldova game, Oxlade-Chamberlain had admitted he was still learning his trade in the national and domestic set-up, after only breaking into the Arsenal first team at the beginning of this year, and having only six caps to date for England.

"I've always been a relaxed person, but when I get on the pitch I rely on my ability and trust in myself," Oxlade-Chamberlain told reporters.

"It's nice Roy has put such faith in me so far, but I don't consider myself an automatic regular starter yet."

He is likely to find himself in a team shorn of John Terry and Ashley Cole; the latter is already ruled out, while a decision on Terry will be made imminently.