Oxlade-Chamberlain follows in dad's footsteps

Of all the England players who touched down in Rio de Janiero on Thursday, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be best prepared to deal with playing at the Maracana.

England vs Ireland: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Oxlade-Chamberlain's dad Mark, after all, is one of the few Englishmen to grace the hallowed turf at the most iconic stadium in world football.

Twenty-nine years ago England organised a tour to South America after they failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship.

Facing Brazil in the Maracana was the showpiece match of the tour and Sir Bobby Robson's men did not disappoint, with John Barnes scoring one of the best England goals of all time - a magnificent solo effort that saw him glide past five yellow shirts before tucking the ball beyond Roberto Costa.

Mark Chamberlain, then just a 19-year-old playing for Stoke, played on the opposite wing to Barnes that day and also received praise for his part in defeating the Brazilians.

Perhaps strangely, he has not spoken to his son in depth about the game in Rio almost three decades ago.

"He's not told me what to expect," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

"If I asked what it's like he would tell me, but he has not made a big fuss.

"I asked him once how he did and he just said he had a pretty good game.

"I've not seen the game once. He's very modest. He hasn't spoken to me about it or bigged himself up at all about that game.

"I've only seen the John Barnes goal that everyone has seen,

"I don't need him to tell me what a stage it is, how amazing it is and what the atmosphere will be like.

"I'm looking forward to getting there and seeing what it's all about.

"Hopefully I get a chance to play, with what my Dad has done out there it adds a bit more history and a bit more of a proud feeling to be out there."

Oxlade-Chamberlain's dad will not travel to Brazil for the game.

"It's too far for him. He's happy to watch that on TV," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

Spain's recent domination of international football means Brazil's trophy hunt has dried up somewhat.

Long gone are the days when Pele, Zico and, more recently, Ronaldinho tore opposition teams apart.

The Selecao still have impressive players like Neymar among their ranks and Oxlade-Chamberlain still thinks a game against Brazil holds the same prestige as it did when his dad took to the field in 1984.

"Brazil are Brazil. They have been the top football nation ever since I have watched football and long before that," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

"They have got great players and the whole history is massive. It is going to be a really tough game for both teams."

Neymar failed to shine when the two teams last met at Wembley in February as England earned a surprise 2-1 win thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

They put in a performance that was nowhere near as good as that on Wednesday night against the Irish.

Lampard came to England's rescue halfway through the first half, scoring from close range after a defensive mix-up following Shane Long's opener for Giovanni Trapattoni's side.

Oxlade-Chamberlain says the team are determined to bounce back with a better display in Brazil.

"We were disappointed with the performance (against Ireland), but there are a lot of positives to take from the game and put right in Brazil," the Arsenal forward said.



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