Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Alex Has Set His Sights on Brazil

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Alex Has Set His Sights on Brazil

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ARSENAL midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has targeted a dream ending to the season by earning a place in England's World Cup squad for Brazil after returning to training from five months on the sidelines with a knee injury. The imminent return of the all-action 20-year-old, who has been out since the opening day defeat by Aston Villa, comes as a welcome boost for the Gunners at the end of what has been a difficult week following the news Theo Walcott would miss the rest of the campaign after sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage during the 2-0 FA Cup win over Tottenham.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has stepped up his rehabilitation programme and is pencilled in for the Under-21s fixture at Fulham today.

If all goes well, he could be drafted back into the first-team picture after the next Barclays Premier League game at Aston Villa on Monday night.

The former Southampton trainee - who signed for Arsenal in a PS12million deal during the summer of 2011 - scored for England in the 2-2 draw against Brazil at the Maracana last June, and would like nothing more than to return to South America with the Three Lions this summer. …

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