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Ox: I will swap shirts with Bendtner after the game

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he will swap shirts with his friend Nicklas Bendtner when he meets the Dane at Wembley this week.

The Ox could be lining up against his north London team-mate for a change on Wednesday, when England face Denmark in a friendly at Wembley.

And, despite receiving criticism from ITV pundit Roy Keane for swapping shirts with Neymar when the Three Lions travelled to Brazil, the 20-year-old says he will swap shirts with Bendtner after the game.

“As he’s my friend, I probably will. It will be a really tough game," Oxlade-Chamberlain told reporters.

On the incident when the cameras picked up his shirt-swapping with Neymar, he also said: 

“Roy Keane hammered me for it. I agree with Roy. It’s not the way to really go about things. I did ask him during the game. I gave him a little nudge. I didn’t try and make it too blatant.

“It just happened that the camera landed on me right at the time I nudged him. It’s not the ideal thing to be doing during the game. Even though it was a friendly, it was a still a big game for us.

“You’re not in awe of these players. It’s a mutual respect, especially a player like Neymar, a player of a similar age to me and I’ve got massive respect for what he’s doing in world football.”

The Ox was on target during that game at the Maracana, firing home from distance with a spectacular strike as Roy Hodgson's men left Brazil with a 2-2 draw.

But Bendtner has also been in fine form for his country in recent games. Despite his unhappiness with a lack of first-team football at Arsenal, the 26-year-old has two goals from two games for Denmark this term.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, though, will certainly hope Bendtner doesn't enjoy another prolific day at the office when he swaps shirts with the Dane on Wednesday night.

images: © Ronnie Macdonald

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