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Arsenal's Oxlade-Chamberlain: Southampton's Lallana is a 'Spanish style of player'

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has spoken highly of former teammate Adam Lallana as the duo prepare for this summer's World Cup.

20-year old Oxlade-Chamberlain started his career with Southampton, coming through the youth ranks, before the Gunners lured him to north London in 2011 after just over 40 senior appearances for the Saints.

During his time at St Mary's Stadium, 'the Ox' played alongside current Saints skipper Lallana so is well-versed to comment on the attributes of the 25-year old who is being tipped to be included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Brazil 2014.

"It's brilliant to see Ads doing so well, he's always done really well for Southampton and I've always known ever since I was at the club and since I've trained and played with him what a talent he was and it's just brilliant to see now he's in the Premier League showing everyone how good he is," the Gunners young gun told RWD Magazine.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has made 14 international appearances for the Three Lions, added that it is a major thrill to link up with Lallana whenever the pair come together in a national team environment.

The Arsenal ace also believes his Saints counterpart has similar abilities to some of the world's best midfielders, which in this day and age, tend to hail from world and European champions Spain.

"When I had to come to the England squad I always want to impress him because back in my Southampton days he was almost one of the people who took me under their wing and I really looked up to so I hold him in massive high regard and I still do," he added.

"I love watching him play and it's an honour to still be able to play with him and no better honour to be doing that for England.

"It's brilliant to see how well he's doing and he can bring a lot. I think with him, he's the kind of player who I compare to (Everton's) Ross Barkley; they're two footed and almost Spanish kind of style player. They can bring that flair with two feet and it's rare to see nowadays and Adam has definitely got that, it's a rare talent and he's a special talent."

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