Fortunately for the nation's football fans, his prowess with the round ball shone through first and he joined Southampton's academy at the age of seven.
But he said: "My senior school didn't play football. It was a rugby and cricket school and as I was on a sports scholarship I was forced to play rugby.
"I played scrum-half or full-back and I was all right at it.
"I got a trial for London Irish but couldn't do it because Southampton wouldn't let me."
You get the feeling his dad and mentor Mark Chamberlain - the former Stoke, Portsmouth and England wideman - would not have been too thrilled either by the prospect of his boy becoming an egg chaser.
But Oxlade-Chamberlain said: "If I hadn't wanted to become a footballer, Dad wouldn't have made me do it.
"But from day one I showed him I did want to do it and he did everything to help me along."