Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to reignite his career for club and country after making a goalscoring return for England against Montenegro.
The Liverpool midfielder marked his first international start since March 2018 with the opening goal in Thursday’s 7-0 thrashing, a result which secured qualification to next summer’s European Championships.
After missing almost a year with a serious knee injury, Oxlade-Chamberlain is working his way back at Liverpool and feels he is ready to reignite his international career, too.
“In a way, yes,” he replied when asked if he felt like he was getting a new start with England.
“I have been around for a while and had a lot of injuries that have kept me out of big games and tournaments.
“I think that going to Liverpool people saw that as a new start, and then when I started to find my feet in midfield, it was like a new Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that people hadn’t seen at Arsenal quite as consistently.
“I was coming into that form when we played Holland and Italy in the March just before I got injured and I think I brought that form into England and it fitted into this team.
“But since the injury I guess I am trying to pick up where I left off with that in both Liverpool and with England.
“In that time as well there have been a lot of other boys who have come through; James Maddison is doing really well, Ross (Barkley) has been doing well especially with England and you have the likes of Jordan Henderson as well, Mason Mount has come into the fold now.
“There are different players and new dynamics so it is nice to slot back in and keep pushing myself to keep improving and try to find something different to help this team move forward.”