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Roy Hodgson: Arsenal Stars Vital To England’s Chances Of Success

Roy Hodgson delighted with England’s Arsenal contingent…

England manager Roy Hodgson has praised his rapidly improving quintet of Arsenal stars, who all played a role in Thursday’s 5-0 victory over San Marino.

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Hodgson, who is quoted by the Daily Mail, explains that his young Gunners are starting to reach their potential and have plenty more to give, after seeing Danny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all impress this week.

“It was not long ago that we had five Liverpool players, but it’s nice to see people like Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere really starting to reach the potential that I know Arsene Wenger always believed they had,” revealed Hodgson.

Germany won the 2014 World Cup with six Bayern Munich players in their starting XI against Argentina in the final, and Oxlade-Chamberlain explains that playing together at club level will improve the Gunners performances for the national side.

He explained: “When you play week-in-week-out and then bring that to international football, it does really help in gelling the team together.

“The Germans and the Spanish have been able to do that. When you go and watch Spain play it’s almost like watching Barcelona or Real Madrid play at the times, with the number of players on the pitch.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain created two of England’s second-half goals after coming on at the interval, ensuring that club teammate Welbeck got his name on the score-sheet.

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