Arsenal winger is looking for an England win against Scotland to start the season
England v Scotland
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8pm Wednesday 14 August 2013
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was just six years old when England last met Scotland, but even he understands the importance of the meeting between the world's oldest international rivals.
Roy Hodgson's men take on the Scots for the first time in 14 years on Wednesday night, and things are a lot different from when they last welcomed their neighbours from north of the border to London.
Chamberlain is now a Premier League footballer, while Wembley itself has under gone a major facelift.
As he prepares for his 20th birthday on Thursday, Chamberlain wants to follow up his magnificent goal against Brazil in the Maracana in June and help the Three Lions start the new season in style.
“The tempo of the game will start off really high,” predicts Chamberlain. “But how long we’ll be able to keep that up for so early in the season we’ll see.
"I’m sure it’ll be a good game for the neutral. The atmosphere, though, is going to make it. I’m sure the away fans will be great and will give us another taste of what to expect from other away fans in the qualifiers.
"It’s just a really good fixture. I was only very young when England last played Scotland, it’s not something that happens often, so I’m looking forward to it.”
He added: “There are so many Scottish people living in England and English people living in Scotland, everyone gets on, but as soon as there’s some sort of sporting event between the two countries everyone separates.
“My dad’s best friend, my godfather, is Scottish – a proud Celtic fan – so it’s interesting to see someone that close who is so passionate about Scotland. He’ll be torn, but if we win, especially if I can score, he’ll be alright with that.”
You can read the full interview with Alex in the official matchday programme, which is available at Wembley Stadium, to buy online
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