Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn believes young Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s lively displays for England can help revitalise his current club form.
After being announced as a shock inclusion for Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 England squad, the winger was hailed as one of the Premier League’s most promising talents, but has since failed to fully establish himself in Arsene Wenger’s team.
But Hodgson has been keen to promote the 19-year-old during the Three Lions’ World Cup qualification, which Oxlade-Chamberlain has taken in his stride, showing his ability on the wing as well as netting a goal in each of England’s 5-0 and 8-0 wins over international minnows San Marino.
And Winterburn told talkSPORT that his positive performances for England can aid his challenge for a first-team place with the Gunners.
“He’s had a disappointing season for Arsenal and hopefully the goals will help him build his confidence,” the former defender told the Sports Bar.
“It’s a catch 22 situation for him at the moment.
“He hasn’t played much for Arsenal and when he has played, he hasn’t played well.
“When you don’t get a run in the team, sometimes you try so hard that it just doesn’t happen for you.
“It’s a difficult situation for him but it’s pleasing to see him score and hopefully he’ll improve.”