One of Roy Hodgson’s biggest tests as England manager will be picking a squad that is capable of causing the like of Spain, Holland and Germany problems in EURO 2012.
One topic up for debate amongst those assessing Euro 2012 Odds is on whether Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should have a place on the plane to Poland and Ukraine.
The Arsenal winger has had limited playing time for the Gunners this season, with the majority of his performances coming from the bench.
However, when he has been called upon he really has looked the real deal, causing defences no end of problems with his raw pace.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is far from the finished article, with many aspects of his game still needing work, though the experience of going to the EURO’s will improve him no end as a player. There is no doubt he could go on to be on a world beater.
Hodgson will be wary of when Theo Walcott went to the World Cup in 2006 and didn’t step onto the pitch, a decision that in the end the manager at the time Sven Goran Eriksson game under massive scrutiny for.
Those looking at England Euro 2012 Odds will be aware that Chamberlain is no stranger to the big occasion though and always seems itching to get on the pitch and make an impact.
With six Champions League appearances to his name which included one goal as well, the 18 year old has certainly proved himself at the highest level.
The former Southampton man has also ran out six times for England u21’s, scoring an impressive four goals.
Pace is something that frightens defenders, no matter how good they are, if you have speed in your locker teams will fear you.
This is not to say that Oxlade-Chamberlian should start the majority of the games, he would be the perfect substitute in the last twenty minutes when defenders legs are getting tired, especially towards the end of the tournament.
Trusting youth could prove to be a massive success for England this summer and in the future.