Jermaine Jenas singled Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out for praise as the winger bounced back from a subdued first-half to star in the second period for the Three Lions on Saturday afternoon, according to BBC Sport.
The former Southampton academy product was selected in the starting line-up to face minnows San Marino, a great opportunity to get among the goals as an England victory was never in doubt.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain disappointed somewhat in the first half, with his end product ultimately letting him down as he found himself in a number of promising situations.
After half-time, though, the 22-year-old Arsenal man reappeared for the second 45 rejuvenated and played a big part in the Three Lions’ heavy dominance and third goal via Ross Barkley.
Commentating on the game for the BBC, Jenas explained: "Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went off at half-time kicking the pitch as he was frustrated but he seems to have had a word with himself."
"He ran with the ball and crossed for Ross Barkley to score. Oxlade-Chamberlain and England showed intent with that goal."
The Gunners star featured for 66 minutes before being replaced by Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott, creating three chances and recording a team-best six successful take-ons.
It has been a good start the season for Oxlade-Chamberlain on an individual note, with his Community Shield winner over Chelsea giving him a huge morale booster and something to build on.
It remains to be seen whether he will keep his place in the XI for the upcoming Wembley encounter against Switzerland, with boss Roy Hodgson seemingly intent on changing a few things up.