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Liverpool icon Lawro: England should take Arsenal kid Oxlade-Chamberlain to Euros

Liverpool icon Mark Lawrenson believes England should take Arsenal whizkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to next year's European Championships.

Lawro explained in his column for the Sunday Mirror: "Oxlade-Chamberlain has obvious flaws in his game. But the point is that he gets it, understands it and they can easily be coached away.

"Number one is defending. It's not all about tracking back, making a spectacular sliding tackle to stop a certain goal.

"It's more about being aware positionally. Being in the right place to stop the wideman having too much space to attack the full-back. But Oxlade-Chamberlain will not only have that coached into him at Arsenal, his dad will be in his ear too.

"That's why he can be a terrific wide player, but also has the attributes to move inside, either as part of a front three or even central midfield. Five years ago, young English players were not so adaptable. Now there's a new breed comfortable in different positions.

"Chamberlain will be one of those. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are other examples."

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