Gunner hints that Arsenal and Liverpool can be like Barca and Real for the national team

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Arsenal and Liverpool can provide for the England team like Real Madrid and Barcelona did for the Spanish team.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 21, has told reporters that he feels England could benefit from having a core of players from a handful of top clubs, as seen with Spain and Germany in recent years. 

'When you do get to play week in, week out with team-mates and then bring that to international football, just knowing each other, off the pitch and on it, does really help in gelling the team together,' Oxlade-Chamberlain said. 

'The Germans and the Spanish, they've been able to do that. 

'Spain have a big influence from Real Madrid and Barcelona and when you go and watch Spain play it's almost like watching Barcelona or Real Madrid play at times, with the number of players on the pitch. 

'It is a nice thing to have that with Arsenal at the moment. Liverpool have got a good number of players as well.' 

When Spain won the World Cup in 2010, they had just three players outside of La Liga in the 23-man squad.

The rest of the squad consisted of seven from Barcelona, five from Real Madrid, four from Valencia, two from Athletic Bilbao, one from Sevilla and one from Villarreal.

Germany went down a similar route with the majority of their core players coming from Bayern Munich. In fact, six from Bayern Munich started against Argentina in the final and a seventh in Mario Gotze came off the bench and scored the winner. 

So, how does their situation compare with England with regards to Arsenal and Liverpool?

England's current squad - of 21 - currently includes five Arsenal players and four Liverpool players. However, remembering the injuries both teams have, that tally could easily be six Arsenal players, with Theo Walcott, and five Liverpool players, with Daniel Sturridge. 

A big core, like that, can only be beneficial for England in the future, and considering Manchester United's input, too, the Three Lions should be able to see real improvements as the team progresses.

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