Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has acknowledged the help he has received from Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in his career.
The 21-year-old attacker has firmly cemented his place in the England national team, which is replete with promising, young and hungry players.
The disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil in the summer was the end of an era for the Three Lions, as Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard both retired.
Liverpool midfielder Gerrard and former Chelsea star Lampard had been part of the England team for over a decade, and Oxlade-Chamberlain acknowledges their impact on him.
The former Southampton youngster also wants the new-look England squad to step up their game.
‘Seeing Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard retire is odd because they’ve been an integral part of the (England) squad for so long and a massive influence on the young boys as well’, he told Arsenal’s official website.
‘They both helped me massively and I’m sure all the other young boys could say the same. It is weird to see them go but it’s now time for us to step up and take responsibility by filling those roles’.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is regarded as one of the most promising young players in England. The 21-year-old is versatile and can play in central midfield as well as out wide, but he has yet to make himself a first-team regular for Arsenal.
However, with Arsenal currently suffering with injuries and Oxlade-Chamberlain fully fit, it is only a matter of time before Gunners manager Arsene Wenger gives him more responsibility.