Will Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start for England against Germany?
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been on a fine run of form for Arsenal but does not appear to have done enough to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s starting 11 for the friendly with Germany.
According to reports, England will line up in a 3-4-3 with no place for Chamberlain anywhere in the midfield. Instead, Eric Dier and Jake Livermore will line up in the middle with Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand on either wing.
With Theo Walcott being left out of the squad, Chamberlain was Arsenal’s only representative in the squad. It is certainly an interesting selection from Southgate, but not necessarily in a good way.
He has seemingly copied Chelsea’s formation – one that has been well drilled and suits all the players in that squad. That is not the case here.
It is likely that Chamberlain will get on at some stage, but he will feel unfortunate to not be starting.
The German side is likely to feature Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi so there will be some Arsenal interest. Former forward Lukas Podolski will also captain the team in his 130th and final game for the team.