Reece Oxford has insisted that the next step for him in his development is a call-up to the England national team squad.
The 23-year-old has been in sensational form for Augsburg in the Bundesliga this season and his performances have some West Ham fans asking why on earth we ever sold him in the first place.
Oxford burst onto the scene in East London in 2015, making his Premier League debut against Arsenal, and he completely bossed the game.
He really did look like the real deal.
Unfortunately for both Oxford and West Ham, however, he failed to kick on from that point onwards.
After a couple of loan spells away from the London Stadium, he was sold permanently to Augsburg in the summer of 2019 for around £3 million (Daily Mail).
At the time, it was suggested that Oxford had attitude problems but he firmly denied those accusations, as covered right here on Hammers News.
And now the young London-born ace is proving just how committed he is to playing top level football out in Germany. But what’s the next step for Reece?
Reece Oxford makes England admission
The 23-year-old has been sensational in Germany this season.
In 22 Bundesliga outings, Oxford has scored two goals and has averaged one tackle, 2.7 interceptions and 5.8 clearances per match. He’s also won an average of 2.2 aerial duels per game (Who Scored).
And he admitted that he would be open to returning to England as he does not want to stay in Germany forever, once again as covered right here on Hammers News.
And now Oxford is targeting a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, as quoted by The Telegraph:
“The next step is me being called up for England and we will see in the future what happens.”
There is no reason why Oxford won’t earn a chance for England sooner rather than later.
The 23-year-old has everything needed to succeed as an elite centre-back at the very highest level of the game.
He is 6ft 4in tall and cuts a really imposing figure.
Oxford is incredibly strong and quick along the ground but what separates him from most other centre-backs is his exceptional technique and ability on the ball.
Gareth Southgate has surely been keeping a close eye on his performances for Augsburg this season and if the ex-West Ham man continues to impress, a call-up to the England squad is surely only a matter of time.
And if that happens, West Ham’s decision to sell him will look like a terrible one. In all fairness, it is starting to look pretty bad already.