Danny Mills has suggested that Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be in the running for a starting role with England next month despite a lack of game time for his club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender says that the 26-year-old could be among a host of options Gareth Southgate could call upon despite starting just four games for Jurgen Klopp this season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain missed out on the Three Lions’ squad against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria with Southgate rotating between Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Harry Winks and Ross Barkley in the middle.
However, Mills suggests that the Liverpool midfielder could break into the Three Lions squad once again ahead of November’s international games, insisting that the England boss has a dilemma on his hands with the amount of options he has.
Mills told Football Insider: “Gareth’s now got a conundrum in midfield as to who he wants to play and when.
“If he wants to play a little bit more defensive, he can play Rice and Henderson. If he wants to be a little bit more attacking, he might play Barkley and Mount. You’ve got Winks that could come into that, you’ve got Oxlade-Chamberlain who could come back into that by then, if he starts playing well for Liverpool.
“There are several options and I think Gareth will pick and choose.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain, affectionally known by fans as The Ox, has 33 appearances under his belt for England but just one in the last year-and-a-half, a cruciate ligament and then a hamstring injury forcing him to the sidelines.
He has not seen out 90 minutes this season in his four starts for the club, with just eight appearances across all competitions so far.
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