Oxlade-Chamberlain: England aiming to win World Cup

Despite Roy Hodgson announcing a youthful and inexperienced 23-man squad, the Arsenal forward is confident the Three Lions can impress during the summer tournament.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says England is going to the World Cup looking to win rather than use it as a "stepping stone" for the future.

Roy Hodgson has selected a youthful and inexperienced 23-man squad - including the likes of Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling - but that does not worry the Arsenal forward.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who featured at Euro 2012, believes such freshness around the squad can work to England's advantage.

"There are some new boys coming into the squad and hopefully this is something special," he told The Sun. "To do well at a new competition, you need a lot of good performances. We are going there with the belief we can do well and believe we can win it. We are not going there as a young team thinking this is a stepping stone.

"We are going there to win. We know it will be difficult and there will be a lot of very good teams in Brazil. All of us in the squad feel as though we deserve to be there and now we want to keep playing a part for England."

England begins its World Cup preparations with a friendly against Peru at Wembley on Friday, and will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in its group at the finals.