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Capello ready to hand England debut to Arsenal whizkid Oxlaade-Chamberlain

Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to be handed a full England debut against Holland.

Capello has been a fan of the teenager ever since he made his England Under-21 debut last February and is ready to throw him into the big time prior to Euro 2012.

"Fabio has been impressed by him for a long time," a source close to Capello told the Daily Star.

"From the first time he saw him he ­spotted he is potentially a very good player.

"We were always watching him with the Under-21s and he was amazing in every game. He was also impressive against ­Manchester United. The game against ­Holland is next month and for Fabio to ­select him he will need to play a bit more.

"Last Sunday was the first time he had been selected to start in the league, and ­obviously Fabio is very keen on him. There is more than a month before the friendly, so it depends on what happens at his club."

Oxlade-Chamberlain could even pose a threat in the Arsenal line-up to ­established England star Theo Walcott.

But despite Walcott's dip in form, Capello still has faith in him.

"Fabio likes Theo a lot as a player and has selected him for a lot of games," added the source.

"But he is someone you need to speak about when you get closer to an ­international. He is not going through the best ­moment, but with Theo, you never say never. Fabio knows what he is capable of."

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