Arsenal winger 'buzzing' after being named in squad for Poland and Ukraine.
Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
says he is 'buzzing' after receiving his first England Senior Team call-up for UEFA Euro 2012.
The 18-year-old, who has scored four times in eight games at Under-21s level, was overjoyed when he received a phone call from Three Lions Manager Roy Hodgson shortly before Wednesday's squad announcement
It caps an impressive top-flight debut season for the former Southampton youngster, who joined the Gunners last August. He's made 26 appearances for Arsene Wenger's side, hitting the net four times including one in his Champions League debut against Olimpiacos.
"I'm obviously delighted. To be picked for your country at any stage is a massive honour and to be at a huge tournament likes the Euros is such a bonus," he told Arsenal.com
"I am just looking forward to going there, learning from all the experienced players, training with them and trying my hand at everything. I am absolutely buzzing."
He revealed: "I got a call this morning from the manager and he just explained it to me then - that was about two hours before it was announced. He said it was down to merit and I just have to prove him right."
Chamberlain made a stunning start to his Under-21s career after Stuart Pearce handed him is debut away in Italy in February 2011 following appearances for at U18 and U19s level.
His attacking thrust has been an important factor in England's dominance of their Euro 2013 Qualifying group, while he also netted a hat-trick in the win away in Iceland
, and added to that a penalty in their last outing - a 4-0 win at home to Belgium
"I think I play with no fear, I run at players regardless of who they are and try to make a difference. I have a youthful enthusiasm and I am so excited about this that I will try and take any opportunity with both hands," he said.
"I will just try and make things happen, although I know there are other players who can do that. It will just be nice to get the opportunity and I will see what I can do."
Now, with an opportunity with the Senior Team at the start of Hodgson's reign, Chamberlain is hoping, personally, it's the sign of things to come for him.
"I would have probably laughed if someone had told me I would be in the Euro 2012 a year ago," he added. "Obviously you would like to think that and it is what you aim towards but sometimes you have to be realistic and realise it might take a little bit longer than that.
"So for everything to happen as quickly as it has, it has been surreal and I don't think it has really sunk in properly yet. I know I haven't made it and I have a long way to go but this is the first step in what I hope to be a long and successful international career."