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Ox Given Time

You know what, as good as Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is, and as happy I was to see him included in the England world cup squad he was not one that I had topping a list to be in the starting XI.

His performance against Ecuador in the friendly during the week was fantastic though.

After 45-minutes to an hour of that game I was left in little doubt that he could, if not should, be in that starting XI when we take on Italy as his pace, power and ability could make him a real danger - all of those qualities would terrify opposition defences in Brazil.

Then bang, out of nothing he picks up another injury.

A medial ligament injury to his knee could see him out for up to 3-weeks, which if he is that will mean he will not only miss the Italy game, he would miss the Uruguay and Costa Rica group games too, with that being the case would a risk be taken?

I am not so sure...

Although, with all due respect, I am not so sure what Michael Carrick or Tom Cleverley would bring to the party if called-up as an injury replacement, so if it was me I would bring in Jon Flanagan as another fullback option and then use Milner as a primary midfielder with none of this 'right back cover' nonsense.

Oxlade-Chamberlain will be given until the 'very last moment' to prove his fitness, with England having until 11pm on Friday 13th June to make a decision on a replacement.

All being well, and fingers crossed, Oxlade-Chamberlain can make the recovery we would like as an England side that could include both he and Ross Barkley, among other exciting attacking players, would be quite something and those attacking benefits would outweigh the defensive frailties that England have.

That being said Oxlade-Chamberlain is not afraid to put in a shift and show his defensive side of the game either.

Fingers firmly crossed he can make it!

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Writer: Rug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 7 2014

Time: 10:00AM

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Nor Carrick or Cleverly could be an "ideal" replacement for Oxlade-Chamberlain cos none of them play the position Oxlade does... Although if it was the case Ox doesnīt recover and the England staff decide to withdraw him and call someone else, I think Carrick should be the choice, cos he is the only player that performs in an almost similar position as Gerrard does and can provide the tranquility required in the defence-midfield or midfield-attack transition phase of the game, that England will surely need against the likes of Italy and Uruguay. I say so because I donīt see Lampard performing like that in any of the games ahead (I also think that he has been really underperfoming when playing for England in the past 4 or 5 years) and England is pending on the hope that Gerrard doesnīt picks an injury, if that happens, it will be a really gloom future for them because, in the current squad, there is not a single player that could replace him and Carrick is the one I see who could be up for the task. Carrick has been underestimated and wrongly used in the England team whenever he has been called up, and thatīs why people have the oppinion that he isnīt good enough... Itīs just my opinion
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