Arsenal star speaks of England isolation in Brazil

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he is expecting to be isolated in Brazil at the World Cup where he will represent England.

The 20-year-old Arsenal attacker already has 14 caps for England, despite his tender age, and impressed this season in the Premier League after returning from a lengthy spell out injured.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is currently preparing for the World Cup with Roy Hodgson’s England squad but has revealed he is expecting to feel isolated while away on international duty in Brazil.

"We understand that Brazil is a long way away from friends and family," he admitted.

"It's one of the small sacrifices you have to make to be lucky enough to come to an amazing tournament like the World Cup. You are in a hotel for a long time.

The Gunners starlet will have at least one friend and a member of the Arsenal family to keep him company whilst away in Gunners’ star Jack Wilshere. However, both players will be attending their first World Cup Finals and the expectation on their shoulders from the nation and the press could seem a little overwhelming.

"We can't control what is being said about us, how people approach it and the expectation levels that are put on us as a squad and as individuals," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"We are going there to do the business and win it. They are the expectation levels we put on ourselves.”

Arsenal fans at home will perhaps be watching England’s games crouching behind the couch with their fingers crossed that both their starlets return in August with a clean bill of health.

Wilshere was injured earlier this year in an England friendly against Denmark that saw him miss six weeks out and the majority of their run-in at the business-end of the season in the Premier League.

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