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Hodgson backs Chamberlain inclusion
5:47pm Wednesday 16th May 2012 in International
Roy Hodgson says he selected Alex Chamberlain for Euro 2012 after being excited by some of his Arsenal performances.
Hodgson has been criticised for including Liverpool winger Stewart Downing, but his selection of Chamberlain has been widely praised.
The 18-year-old has started just six Barclays Premier League games since his move to Arsenal but has excelled towards the end of the season and offers pace and strength on either flank or through the middle of midfield.
"He is a very exciting player," Hodgson said.
"He has given one or two appearances that made a big impression on me, not least when Arsenal played Milan at the Emirates. He can play wide or central.
"For the future he is one we will see a lot of if he continues as he has started."