Ox's dad sleeps through goal

  • Last Updated: June 3 2013, 6:38 BST

Former England international Mark Chamberlain missed the highlight of son Alex's career so far - because he fell asleep.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores against Brazil.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores against Brazil.

Arsenal midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain mirrored his father by playing for his country in Brazil's Maracana Stadium, but went one step better by scoring in the iconic venue.

He climbed off the bench to draw Roy Hodgson's men level at 1-1 with a fine half volley, but his dad missed the magic moment.

Chamberlain told BBC Radio 5Live: "I was a bit gutted. I actually didn't see it. I had loads of texts saying it was a fantastic goal.

"I was dropping his mother off at the airport at 6am this morning and I fell asleep. I have it on tape and will watch it back."

Oxlade-Chamberlain and his team-mates had looked to be emulating his father's team of 1984 at one point, with Wayne Rooney's goal putting them 2-1 up.

They had to settle for a draw, though, meaning Chamberlain senior remains a member of the last England team to win in Brazil.

Upon hearing that his dad had drifted off, missing the highlight of his son's career, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: "Did he fall asleep?! That sounds like him!"

The Arsenal winger revealed his dad is so laid back that he has yet to get in touch to congratulate him.

The 19-year-old said with a smile: "He will be the last one to contact me!"

Reflecting on his goal, Oxlade-Chamberlain added: ''I can't really remember it to be honest!

''I think I played it to Lamps, he played it round the corner to Wazza, he set it and I just hit it.''

While admitting his frustration at Brazil's equaliser, the teenager was pleased with the result on a prestigious occasion.

''The fact we did go 2-1 up, you always want to close out the game so in that sense we're disappointed,'' he said.

''Brazil are a top-quality side and they tried to break us down but we kept our shape well.

''It's tough coming away in this heat, in a stadium like this and with their quality, it's a good result.''


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