Arsenal starlet says Costa Rica can beat England!

Arsenal’s own Joel Campbell says he has no fear of a daunting Group D, and sees no reason why Costa Rica cannot take three points against England.

Joel Campbell is still yet to make his Arsenal debut after joining the club in August 2011, but certainly announced himself while on loan at Olympiacos last season.

The 21-year-old curled a beauty beyond the outstretched hand of David de Gea to cap a 2-0 victory for the Greek giants over Manchester United in February at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

And even as the Red Devils came back to win the Champions League round of 16 tie 3-2 on aggregate in the return leg at Old Trafford, Campbell’s big moment remains etched in the mind.

Off the back of his success with Olympiacos, Campbell has already confirmed his desire to fight for a first team place at the Emirates next season.

But before making his way back to North London, he has business elsewhere to attend to - World Cup business with Costa Rica that could help him stake a claim with the Premier League giants.

Despite not having turned out for the Gunners to date, Campbell has been a regular for his country since 2011 and is a key player for the Ticos heading into formidable Group D action.

Campbell claims to hold no fear of opponents Italy, Uruguay and England - even suggesting there’s no reason to believe Costa Rica can’t fell the Three Lions.

“I don’t think about playing against players, I think about playing against a nation,” Calcio News 24 quoted the youngster as saying.

“England, Italy and Uruguay are not teams consisting of one player - it’s 11 versus 11 and we’ll have to play well in a moment of importance.

“Can we beat England? Sure, why not? We have a good team. It’s one game, just like the others we have to play against Italy and Uruguay.”

Just like his goal in Europe against United, making his mark at England’s expense on football’s grandest stage would certainly propel Campbell into the consciousness of the Arsenal hierarchy.

The likes of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would likely never forgive him, but the Costa Rican will take his chances on that front.

“Last year I played for Olympiacos, so I just thought about Olympiacos,” Campbell added on his club future.

“Now, after the World Cup, I will be thinking only about Arsenal.”

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