Evening all, and it’s been a decent Saturday in the world of football and indeed in the world of Arsenal as Theo Walcott put in a sizzling performance in his “first proper start” for England. Today was a start in a World Cup qualifier against real opposition, albeit a minnow in Andorra. He was selected ahead of David Beckham and Shaun Wright Philips, which is a testimony to his improvement last season and this season.
Theo throughly deserved his start today and put in a decent performance to stake a claim in the England squad. Although Arsene has reiterated many times that Theo will be a centre forward, he currently plies his trade for Arsenal predominantly on the right wing and that’s the position he started for England today.
The first half of the first half was all about Theo Walcott and if his appearance was anything to go by, he has a big future in the England squad and the Arsenal squad. So good he was in the first half, Capello singled him out for praise in his post match interview.
“We started the first half of this game very well and Walcott was incredible in the first 15 minutes but we didn’t take or chances…”
And Sky Sports reported:
“Walcott looked hungry and relishing his first England start – more than two years after being a shock inclusion in Sven Goran Eriksson’s squad for the 2006 World Cup finals – but he faded after a bright start.”
For a manager such as Capello to call Walcott “incredible” is an accolade that the youngster can take to heart. Still young and one of the youngest in the squad, there will be big things to come from the young Arsenal player.
It’s been a long day, no sleep, house moving, reunions et al, but today’s blog is a little tribute to Theo’s performance for England. Young Theo is on the way, and will keep us excited all season…