Oxlade-Chamberlain ready to go

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he is feeling like a 'coiled spring' and hopes to make an impact for England at the World Cup.

The Arsenal player missed five months of last season, from August to January, with a knee injury, and was then sidelined for the final few weeks with a groin problem.

However, he regained fitness in time to be named in Roy Hodgson's England squad and, after a productive week of training in Portugal, is raring to go.

The 20-year-old even thinks that not playing a full season could put him at an advantage going to Brazil because he will be a lot fresher than most players.

He said in the Sunday People: "I do feel like a coiled spring. The week in Portugal was really important to me in terms of fitness - obviously having a bit of time off, your fitness levels drop slightly.

"I kind of got used to being a spectator, I was out for five months, so the two or three weeks at the end of the season wasn't too bad because I knew I was getting myself right.

"Hopefully, that lack of football before Christmas means I've got a little bit extra in the tank."

Oxlade-Chamberlain may be more likely to challenge for a place out wide this summer but it has been suggested that his future could lie in central midfield, and he feels that training alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard stands him in good stead for such a role.

"I can see how that might be the case with the qualities I have as a player," he said.

"You never really know where your career will take you, but I'm definitely open to the idea of ending up in midfield because I really enjoy paying there... whether it's for Arsenal or England.

"I've learned from the likes of Stevie G and Frank since I started watching football. They both bring qualities that I'd want to bring to my game if I was playing in that position."

Oxlade-Chamberlain may have missed Arsenal's FA Cup final victory over Hull City due to injury, but he has been inspired by the occasion.

He explained: "It was a great day and that feeling of winning something has been the highlight of my career.

"I will definitely take that into the World Cup. We are entering into the most prestigious tournament in world football, a tournament that everyone dreams of winning.

"Winning the FA Cup really does inspire you and make you hungry for more."