England coach Hodgson ponders Oxlade-Chamberlain utility role

England coach Roy Hodgson says he sees a wide role for Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes Oxlade-Chamberlain will be a central midfielder long-term.

England coach Roy Hodgson says he sees a wide role for Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes Oxlade-Chamberlain will be a central midfielder long-term.

“As a young player trying to establish himself, he will have to play anywhere the opportunity exists,” said Hodgson.

“If I was to say he is a central midfield player and that is where he needs to play, he faces incredible competition. I think he will be quite happy to do the job where we can use him. I know from Arsene from a conversation we had in private that in the long term the centre of midfield will be a good position for him. There is no doubt his energy and ability to turn on the ball helped us.”

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