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BBC and ITV 'battle it out for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's services' as injured midfielder eyes World Cup punditry role

By Mirror | Published Tue, May 8th 2018 at 11:01, Updated May 8th 2018 at 11:13 GMT +3

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrating a goal against Roma in Champions League. [Photo/ Courtesy]

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could yet have a role to play at the World Cup as BBC and ITV reportedly do battle for his services as a pundit.

The Liverpool midfielder was a shoo-in to be in Gareth Southgate's England squad after an impressive run of form for the Merseyside club.

But a knee injury sustained in the 5-2 Champions League semi-final first leg win over Roma put paid to his hopes of representing England at the tournament.

ITV are in the driving seat to land the Ox, according to the Daily Mail, as both broadcasters prepare for the global showpiece in Russia.

Chamberlain being stretchered off after getting injured. [Photo/Courtesy]

Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of the more eloquent England players having been chosen by the FA as a 20-year-old in 2013 to voice a package celebrating 150 years of the organisation.

The former Arsenal man burst on to the scene with Southampton as a teenager, scoring 10 goals in 41 games for Saints before moving to the Gunners in 2011.

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He spent seven seasons in north London, scoring 20 times in 198 outings, before the switch to Anfield last summer.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed an impressive debut season with the Reds, netting five goals in 42 appearances.

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