Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been on a whirlwind journey

England attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that it has been a whirlwind last 12 months for him, with the crescendo representing his nation at Euro 2012.

In a year the talented winger has moved from Southampton to Arsenal, starred in both the Premier League and the Champions League and will now represent the Three Lions in Ukraine and Poland.

The Gunners man has confessed that he feels blessed to have the opportunity and cannot wait for the tournament to start.

“It has been a whirlwind, how quickly it has gone. I remember playing in games for Southampton like Dagenham and Redbridge away, on a cold Tuesday,” he revealed to Mirror Football.

“I am grateful for these experiences because you have to work in those environments and it makes you strive to want to play in places like this, playing for your country.

“It has been a mad 12 months – it has gone so quickly. Everything I have learned in these 12 months, I hope it pushes me on for next season and it will be a massive season for me with Arsenal and England

“I was in Portugal this time last year. There was hype about me going to Arsenal and I got spotted a few times out there – I was recognised. From then to this summer.

“I had booked a holiday for Marbella which was Friday. All my friends have gone out but I cancelled that one. But I have enjoyed every minute of it.

“I went home the other day to see my friends in Southsea, we drove past the pub where we watched the England v Germany game when [Frank] Lampard scored the goal which was disallowed.

“I was sat with my best friend. He said: ‘it is unbelievable how two years ago we were in there watching it and now next tournament, you are with all the boys’.

“This puts stuff into perspective. It has been an amazing journey. I want to now work hard and make my future bright,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight