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Spurs legend Hoddle: Arsenal whiz Oxlade-Chamberlain can repeat Owen heroics

Tottenham legend and former England coach Glenn Hoddle says Arsenal whizkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can repeat the heroics of Manchester United striker Michael Owen at the 1998 World Cup.

Hoddle wrote in the Mail on Sunday: "I feel Oxlade-Chamberlain showed enough on his debut a fortnight ago to demonstrate that he deserves a start ahead of Stewart Downing.

"Sometimes when you're young you don't understand about the pressure and there is less fear. It is similar to the dilemma I had with Michael Owen in 1998, although Roy does not quite have the attacking options I was blessed with in Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham. That allowed me to ease Michael into the tournament.

"But this team need some pace, which Oxlade-Chamberlain would give you, as well as the ability to come inside and rotate with Young. He seems full of confidence and a mature lad, so if he starts I don't think he would let England down one bit."

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