The England manager intends to speak with the Arsenal attacker when the squad reconvene at their Hertfordshire hotel on Sunday to determine why the teenager allowed an initially encouraging performance against Moldova to drift. Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to earn a seventh cap against Ukraine in a contest the team concede will be far trickier than their breeze in Chisinau.
The 19-year-old had excelled down the left flank throughout the opening period at the Zimbru Stadium but his display fizzled out after the interval. "I thought he'd been very good through that first half," Hodgson said. "He'd done what we wanted him to do, and what I'd selected him to do, extremely well. But we'd made it clear to him we intended to take him off after 60 minutes, so I think he forgot to play in those first 15 minutes of the second half. That will be an interesting lesson for him as well. Especially when I tell him."
Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted he is still learning with his every involvement in the senior setup, having only been a regular at Arsenal in the Premier League since the beginning of the year. In the buildup to the Moldova game he revealed Hodgson had reprimanded him for showboating in a training session during Euro 2012, and he continues to soak up the advice of those around him within the squad. "I'm the least experienced player here, so just watching everyone in training is an education," he said. "This is only the start of my career and I can only watch and learn, and keep working hard.
"I've always been a relaxed person, but when I get on the pitch I rely on my ability and trust in myself. I can just listen to everyone and any advice or constructive criticism they have I can just take it into account and try to make my game better. It's nice Roy has put such faith in me so far, but I don't consider myself an automatic regular starter yet."
He is likely to find himself in a team denied both John Terry and Ashley Cole on Tuesday. The former suffered an injury to his right ankle that is still being assessed by England's medical staff. He was kicked on the joint early in Friday's 5-0 victory in Moldova, and later twisted it as he stumbled near the dugouts. He will report back to the squad on Sunday and a final decision will be taken; Gary Cahill is standing by to step into the side. The FA have confirmed Cole will not return to the England squad having failed to recover sufficiently from an ankle injury.
England overcame Ukraine narrowly in Donetsk at Euro 2012 but expect an awkward challenge on Tuesday as they seek to maintain their encouraging start to Group H, in which Montenegro and Poland drew 2-2 in Friday's other game. Steven Gerrard said: "With all due respect to Moldova, Tuesday is going to be a much bigger test for us." The captain added: "Ukraine showed at the Euros that they're a good team. If you stand off them they can play a bit. But we've going to have support behind us and we want six points from this week. If we perform and improve a bit on what we did in Moldova, we can achieve that."
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