On Thursday night five Arsenal players featured for England as the Three Lions hammered minnows San Marino 5-0 at Wembley. Kieran Gibbs, Danny Welbeck, Calum Chambers and Jack Wilshere started the game, while midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench and produced a decent cameo.
Gunners midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the presence of so many Arsenal players can help the national team. The youngster told the Daily Star: “When you’re with your team-mates at club level day-in, day-out, you understand each other and you can take that into international football,”
“If you find five of your team-mates in the squad it helps on the pitch and also gives you that togetherness off it as well”
Only midfielder Jack Wilshere and striker Danny Welbeck can consider themselves regulars in England starting line-up. Wilshere has long been thought of as the man to save the Three Lions midfield with the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard now retired from international duty.
Welbeck has made a decent scoring start for the Gunners since his deadline day switch from Manchester United. The forward is a favourite of England boss Roy Hodgson and has made regular starts under the former-Liverpool boss.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a regular in the England squad in recent times and went to the World Cup in the summer. However, he has not yet established himself in the England starting line-up for Three Lions.
Injuries have played a part in the youngster not playing more games for club and country in the last season or so though. The midfielder obviously has a bright future and seems to have a level head as well.
Arsenal full-backs Calum Chambers and Kieran Gibbs have both been handed the chance to stake a claim in the England team. As you would expect against such modest opposition both players looked comfortable against San Marino.
Gibbs has a fight on his hands to stay in the team though, as Everton full-back Leighton Baines is acknowledged as the first choice after displacing veteran Ashley Cole last season. Gibbs also has to compete with Manchester United’s highly-rated young star Luke Shaw for a place in the squad.
Chambers has a better chance of establishing himself in the England starting line-up. The right-back spot seems to be a problem area for the England team at the moment. Liverpool’s Glen Johnson and Tottenham’s Kyle Walker are both injured, as is Everton youngster John Stones, who started the previously international at right-back.
Chambers looks set to start in Sunday’s game in Estonia ahead of Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne. This could be his chance to nail down that right-back spot.
Hopefully all five of the Arsenal players in the England squad will return from their international experience having gained something and without injury. All five Gunners players could have a big part to play for England in the coming years and their presence will only enhance Roy Hodgson’s squad.
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