England boosted by return of Arsenal star

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could secure his place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad after returning to training despite recent groin problems, Mirror reveals.

The Arsenal boss has confirmed that his young winger is back in practice and is quite hopeful that he will be completely fit in time for the World Cup with the England manager preparing to announce his selection next Monday.

Hodgson, who is also monitoring the condition of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s team-mate Jack Wilshere, has been in constant contact with the Gunners manager regarding the pair’s readiness to play for the Three Lions.

Wenger said: “If he gets over the next three or four days, he will be available. If he doesn’t, then we have to rest him and see. The next three or four days will be vital for him.

“He is desperate to go, and who wouldn’t be? But we are in a job where your body responds or it doesn’t respond. If it doesn’t respond… the body is always stronger. In the end, you need your body to play football.

“He can only go to the World Cup if he is completely fit. It wouldn’t be helpful for England for him to go there and not be 100% fit.”