Oxlade-Chamberlain backs England midfielders to fill in for Wilshere
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain backs England's midfielders to fill in for Jack Wilshere during the 21-year-old's injury lay-off
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident that England will be able to cope with the absence of Jack Wilshere while he is out injured.
Wilshere, who has been one of Arsenal’s top performers this season, sat out the Gunners’ clashes against Bayern Munich and Swansea after being ruled out of action for three weeks with an ankle problem.
But Oxlade-Chamberlain, who started Saturday’s 2-0 win at Swansea and twice hit the crossbar, is backing the Three Lions to be able to cope with the 21-year-old’s absence during the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
“The way he has been playing this season has been phenomenal,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Sky Sports. “He has been outstanding in near enough every game he has played.
“His performance against Brazil was again outstanding. He got man of the match in that game and he deserved it. He is a big player for club and for country and I am sure he is going to be a massive part of England’s future.
“It is a blow for us to lose him in these two qualifiers. But the other midfielders we have are brilliant players as well. They will fill in and do a brilliant job as well.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal have rubbished reports claiming that Wilshere could be out for six weeks instead of the three-week lay-off originally anticipated.
“Nothing has changed in Jack’s recovery, there’s no setback or further damage to his ankle and no concern about any long-term problems,” said an Arsenal spokesperson, according to talkSPORT.
“Jack was told to rest and we are still on course for him to resume training and be available for selection for the home game against Reading.”