Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists he has not given up hope of making England's World Cup squad despite being sidelined since the opening day of the season with a knee injury. The 20-year-old, who has scored three goals in 13 appearances for his country, has been pencilled in to play against Fulham U21s on Thursday as the next part of his rehabilitation programme.
"As a young guy growing up watching football and watching World Cups, this will be my first one," he told Arsenal Player.
"Obviously I went to the Euros in 2012 which was an amazing experience - and that's a massive achievement for me personally, especially as an 18-year-old boy. That was really special.
"But the World Cup is always that little bit more special because it is the world stage. If I was able to be selected and go to Brazil it would be a dream come true and something that I am definitely striving towards.
"Although for now I am just focused on getting back in and around the Arsenal team and helping us do well this season."
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