Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was

 handed his first England start in over 18 months after a serious injury ended his hopes of playing at last year’s World Cup.

The 26-year-old has been included in Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up for Thursday’s Euro 2020 clash with Montenegro at Wembley.

He last featured among the starting XI for the Three Lions in a friendly with Italy back in March 2018.

Oxlade-Chamberlain looked a shoe-in to be included in the squad for the tournament in Russia, before suffering knee ligament damage in Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final with Roma on April 24, 2018.

Southgate said at the time: “I think we’ve been quite clear in that he would have been in the starting XI for the World Cup had he been fit.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been handed his first start for England in 18 months
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been handed his first start for England in 18 months

He was ruled out for over year with his injury, and was recently dropped from the England set-up after limited appearances…

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first England start in 18 months shows Gareth Southgate’s belief
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