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Hodgson, Can You Hear Me?

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Hodgson, can you hear me?

Can you feel me near you?

Hodgson, can you see me?

Can I help to cheer you? 

Roy Hodgson had better take notice of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Arsenal midfielder has been in fantastic form all season and, after coming back from an early season injury and being used somewhat sparingly by Arsene Wenger, is one of the Gunner’s freshest players (and should therefore be one of England’s live wires this summer in Brazil). 

As the Three Lions approach the FIFA World Cup, it is imperative that the Ox be given a significant role for England if they are to avoid an embarrassing group stage exit.

England will be without Theo Walcott; Jack Wilshere will likely be carrying the dust of rust as he looks to recover from his fractured foot.

It is time for the old school manager to embrace the other Arsenal young gun. 

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain should be starting as a creative and more advanced No. 8 in the center of the park – a role I think he can truly excel in as England battle the likes of Italy, Uruguay, and Costa Rica.  He will provide energy, guile, willingness to dribble at defenders, have a shot, and the engine and fitness levels to track back in transition defending.  

Partner him with Steven Gerrard as the holding No. 6.

Then Adam Lallana on the left, Wayne Rooney as the false No. 9,  Daniel Sturridge up top, and Raheem Sterling wide on the right flank.

A blend of youth and experience that favors the young is the key for Hodgson in Brazil – a medley of players that provides energy, unpredictability, and creativity (traits England has often lacked in recent tourneys). 

Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverly – they don’t deserve a kick of the ball. 

The first two aren’t deserving of big minutes in a major tournament at their age and the later never will be (even if they petition circulating to exclude him does seem a bit harsh).

Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player of the future for club and country – a future that has arrived.

The future is now and Ox has proven over the last few months that he can be the fulcrum for England at this summer’s World Cup.

For the sake of the English footballing nation, the next time Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his way into the dressing room and catches Roy Hodgson starring at a mirror, he might do well with asking:  

Hodgson, can you hear me?

Can you feel me near you?

Hodgson, can you see me?

Can I help to cheer you?