Arsenal ace looking to put things right for England in Euro 2016 qualifying

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says that he is hoping to make up for a poor World Cup campaign for England during Euro 2016 qualifying.

Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists that the European Championships offer England a chance to put things right after what was a disappointing World Cup campaign for the side. 

The Three Lions failed to win a game in Brazil over the summer and could not progress past the group stage, but Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that they can put things right as they look to qualify for Euro 2016.

Roy Hodgson's side kick off their qualifying campaign with a game against Switzerland tonight, and Oxlade-Chamberlain says that the players are hoping to impress. 

"The World Cup in general was a big disappointment," the Gunners star said to the FA's official website. "The whole team was gutted after being knocked out in the group stage.

"Being there and experiencing our feelings of hope before it started, then for it to come crushing down in two games makes you want to be a part of the next campaign. The Euros are where we can try and put things right."

Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced to watch on as the rest of his teammates failed at the World Cup, after picking up an injury in preparations for the tournament. 

And the 21-year-old said that although it was disappointing to miss out, he now appreciates being able to play more and wants to push on this season. 

"Last season wasn't a good one for me for injury, but now that I am fit it makes you want to work hard to stay fit and you appreciate the opportunity to contribute and play football even more," he said.

"I enjoy being around the England camp - last time I was away was in a different situation, but I still felt part of the group and part of the plans to progress in the World Cup."

Oxlade-Chamberlain is in starting contention for the Three Lions tonight and, if he is handed the chance by Hodgson, then he will be looking to impress. 

The pacy midfielder has the ability to play at a tempo that has been lacking in England games for some reason now and bring supporters back on side. 

Apathy has been growing towards the national team in the country after a series of poor performances, and their friendly against Norway in the build-up to this fixture has done little to alleviate concerns.

It means that there is a great importance on England performing in tonight's fixture - only a win will be good enough to relieve some of the pressure that is building on Hodgson. 

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