Alexander Mark David “Alex” Oxlade-Chamberlain (born 15 August 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Arsenal and the England national team.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is the son of former Stoke City, Portsmouth and England international player Mark Chamberlain. His uncle, Neville Chamberlain, was also a professional footballer. His brother Christian also plays football, and is currently in the academy at Alex’s hometown club Portsmouth.
Oxlade-Chamberlain attended St John’s College, Portsmouth. The Sun revealed that Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly chose rugby union over football when he was offered a trial at London Irish. Oxlade-Chamberlain played rugby as a scrum half or full back.
“My senior school didn’t play football. It was a rugby and cricket school and as I was on a sports scholarship, I was forced to play rugby. I played scrum-half or full-back and I was all right at it. I got a trial for London Irish but couldn’t do it because Southampton wouldn’t let me.”
After rising to prominence with Southampton during the 2010–11 season aged 17, he signed for Arsenal in August 2011. Scoring twice in his first three games for the club, Oxlade-Chamberlain became the youngest English goal scorer in UEFA Champions League history and has also claimed a regular place in the England Under-21s team. Fans have nicknamed Oxlade-Chamberlain “The Ox”, derived from the first part of his surname, as well as his physical tenacity and powerful playing style.
Oxlade-Chamberlain made his debut for the senior England side on 26 May 2012 in a 1–0 win against Norway in a friendly. Following this, he received a surprise call-up to the England squad for UEFA Euro 2012, becoming the second youngest player ever to represent England in the European Championships behind Wayne Rooney.