Wenger tips youngster for Euro role
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is tipping teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to earn a place in the England squad at this summer's Euro 2012.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed an excellent first season at the Emirates Stadium following his move from Southampton last summer and Wenger would welcome his selection for the national team despite his age.
Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn't yet been called into the senior party but the Frenchman wouldn't be surprised if new boss Roy Hodgson decided to take a punt on him, particularly if he shows up well this afternoon against his West Brom team.
Wenger told reporters: "If he has a chance to go to the Euros I am happy. If not, he will go one day to the Euros. It depends on the number of strikers who are available.
"Alex is developing well. He has still a lot to learn but the potential is absolutely fantastic."
Gunners fans will remember how Theo Walcott, another former Southampton youngster, made a late entrance into the England squad back in 2006 when he received a shock call-up for the World Cup from then manager Sven Goran Eriksson.
His first competitive game for his country though didn't come until two years after the tournament as the Swede elected not to use the 17-year-old in any of the matches during the finals.