Oxlade-Chamberlain: My dad was ‘pushing’ me to score for England

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals his father had been "pushing" him to score for England after netting in win against San Marino

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted four goals in 26 games for Arsenal last season Photo: Nike

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed his father had been putting pressure on him to score his first England goal after the Arsenal youngster netted in the Three Lions’ 5-0 win against San Marino on Friday.

Roy Hodgson’s side finally made the breakthrough in the first half when Wayne Rooney scored from the spot, before Danny Welbeck gave England a 2-0 first-half lead.

The United duo both got on the score-sheet for a second time as the Three Lions looked to make the most of their dominance, with Oxlade-Chamberlain completing an emphatic win with an instinctive finish.

“It’s a relief to get the monkey off my back as they say,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

“I’ve been looking for my first goal for England and my dad’s been pushing me, telling me I need to get a goal.”

He added: “I was plugging away, I was shooting. It wasn’t paying off in the first half but, luckily enough, it went in for me in the second.

“I didn’t have too much time to think about it, to be fair.

“I think it was a bit of a dodgy touch from Tom Cleverley. I don’t even think he meant to give it to me!

“It just came to me and I’ve just tried to pass it and caress it into the corner.”

England were left frustrated for the opening 35 minutes as San Marino stood firm before the home side made the breakthrough, with the win leaving Hodgson’s men top of Group H.

“Sometimes people, spectators, don’t realise how frustrating that can be, when another team comes and camps behind the ball and puts 11 men behind the ball,” he added.

“Obviously, we had a lot of chances and maybe people would say that we should’ve won by more.

“At the end of the day, we needed to get three points and 5-0 I don’t think is a bad scoreline for us, and we can take a lot into the next game.”

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