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Oxlade-Chamberlain anticipates 'amazing' Brazil clash

Created on May. 31, 2013 11:44 AM EST

England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Sunday's friendly against Brazil gives his country the ideal chance to bounce back.

The 19-year-old was one of the few shining lights in England's disappointing 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday.

Roy Hodgson's side struggled during the first half against a side ranked 32 places below them, and although they improved after the break, their failure to win was still considered a below-par result.

But a match against the five-time World Cup winners in Rio de Janeiro, in front of a sell-out crowd, gives England the perfect opportunity to respond, according to the Arsenal youngster.

"There is nothing better than being able to go and play at the Maracana, it's amazing," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

"To be able to round off the season like that is really good and I think more importantly we want to take the disappointment we felt (from not beating Ireland) into the game and put (it) right.

"We want to make sure that we take the positives out of the performance, like how we did in the second half, into the next game and what better stage than the Maracana in Brazil to try and do something good."

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