Oxlade-Chamberlain targeting 100 England caps

The 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder has revealed his desire to emulate the likes of Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard in forging a lengthy international career
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed his desire to reach 100 England caps following his most recent call-up to Roy Hodgson's squad.

The 19-year-old could earn his eighth and ninth caps in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland over the next week.

And he has admitted hoping to emulate Three Lions veterans such as Steven Gerrard in making a name in international football.

“Everyone would like to get to 100 but that’s a massive target,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told reporters.
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“If I can get close to that, I will be absolutely delighted. I guess I could say 100 and I would be more than satisfied. I’ve got to do well on and off the pitch to get there, though.

“I want to make sure I keep working hard enough to keep getting in those England squads and to have many more of those experiences.

“Just being able to train with the boys, people like Steven Gerrard that I’ve grown up watching, is huge for me.”

The Arsenal starlet was a surprise inclusion in the England squad for Euro 2012 over the summer, but believes he is better for the experience of tournament football.

“The Euros was a massive experience for me, moving forward in my career. I didn’t think that would come so soon so it was an honour that it did. I enjoyed every minute of it," he added.

“Just seeing the stadiums and the fans and the buzz of a tournament like that was an experience I will never forget – and one that I hope will happen every two years.

“It’s just inspirational for someone like me. And then to get the nod to play in the first game was unbelievable. It was great for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”