Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain say he will never forget his visit to see Christ the Redeemer
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he will remember the trip to Brazil for the rest of his life.
Speaking exclusively to FATV at the top of the Corcovado mountain, and at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer statue, the England and Arsenal winger could not hide his delight to be involved in the excursion.
He said: "It’s unbelievable. Probably one of the best places I’ve ever been.
"You don’t see a view like this every day, so to be able to come to somewhere like this is unbelievable. It’s something I’ll never forget I’m sure."
England players and coaching staff mingled with fans and tourists during Saturday's trip to see the statue, and he and his teammates were pleased to be able to mix with the locals.
He said: "It’s really nice, everyone’s been really friendly to us.
"Obviously coming away to a place like Brazil to see how passionate the football fans are out here and showing good vibes towards us as well; it’s really good. The least we can do is take a few pictures with them."
Looking down over Rio from the mountain top, the Maracana is visible for all to see, and Alex said he was eager to get up close to the iconic stadium for the first time.
"It actually looks from up here. Tonight we’re going there to train so I’m sure it’s going to be even bigger.
"It looks like an unbelievable stadium from up here and I can’t wait to get there tonight to see it for the first time.
"Then obviously the game tomorrow is going to be an unbelievable experience so I’m really looking forward to that."
England face Brazil in the recently refurbished Maracana on at 8pm (BST) on Sunday evening.
A capacity crowd of 78,000 is expected for England's first game in Brazil since 1984.