Oxlade-Chamberlain Fit For Brazil 2014

Richard Heathcote

England have been given a boost ahead of their opening game with new their attacking midfielder will be fit.

Speaking after his teams 0-0 draw with Honduras in Miami last night, Roy Hodgson confirmed:

"I think he will make the tournament without a shadow of a doubt. That's good news," said Hodgson.

The Arsenal midfielder damaged ligament in his knee in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Ecuador and there were doubts as to his fitness heading to Brazil. England were going to give him every chance to make it before making a decision on whether to call up a replacement for the Arsenal man, however it seems Roy is happy with the progress Alex has made.

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined his team-mates on the bench last night as England were frustrated by a physical Honduras outfit, and he was without a knee brace which was a good sign in itself.

Alex showed exactly what he could offer Wednesday against Ecuador before the Injury and his power and pace may come in handy either from the start or as an infusion of fresh legs over the last 20 minutes, along with impressive youngsters Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling.

England survived their pre-tournament friendlies without any real scares, despite Honduras doing their best to injure some of the three lions with excessive physical play in the heat and thunderstorms of Miami last night.

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