Oxlade-Chamberlain starts for England vs. France

England coach Roy Hodgson has handed attacking midfielder Alex

Oxlade-Chamberlain a surprise start for Monday’s European

Championship Group D match against France.

The 18-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is the son of former

England winger Mark Chamberlain, impressed for Arsenal this season

with his marauding runs, nonstop energy, excellent dribbling and

his tracking back.

Oxlade-Chamberlain makes only his third appearance for England,

and his second start.

He came on as a late substitute against Norway in May and then

started the home game against Belgium earlier this month.

His athletic presence should help England’s defense cope with

France’s attacking fullbacks.