And yes, just to re-iterate, Theo scored a hattrick as England won 4 -1.
Quoting myself from yesterday – here’s a summary of the goals once again (thanks to Arseblog for finding these clips)…
His first was a ricochet when a Croatian defender tried to clear and the ball fell nicely to Walcott and he dummied to cross but lashed the ball in the back of the net.
The second was from a similar position, from a sublime pass from Wayne Rooney and again the ball was struck diagonally across the keeper into the back of the net.
The third came from an exquisite pass from Rooney, which put Theo through on goal, running from deep and running from right to left, with a defender next to him, he slot into the right hand side past the keeper.
Indeed, three sublime goals. Enough excitement to make anyone over-reacted, hence the headlines this morning, but Young Theo has his feet firmly on the ground. He spoke about his performance yesterday:
“I’m not going to get ahead of myself, I’ll take every game as it comes. Obviously when I get home I’ll watch it over and over again, but tomorrow it will all be gone. I’m just looking forward to the Premiership now.”
England captain, albeit not having his best game for England, said this about Theo:
“He has been brilliant all week. He has come out of his shell in this (the England) strip. In the Andorra game he was great in the first half. And he has come here and set the game alight, not only with his goals but with his work-rate for the team. He has given the manager a big problem now.”
And big boy Frankie Lampard said:
“He was great from start to finish and gave us a real dimension. To score three goals like he did was some performance.”
We have to be careful of these Chelksi boys, they’ll probably be saying something like “You’d look good in a Chelsea shirt”, “Come play with me and Ashley” and we must make sure we keep Theo away from the likes of Terry and Lampard – look how they convinced Ashley Cole to go mad.
Fabio Capello, England boss, said Theo deserved his chance:
“I decided to put Theo into the first XI because I saw the game against Andorra at the weekend and also how he was in training – and at this moment he is fantastic psychologically and physically. It is very dangerous for defenders against Walcott. At this moment, he is difficult to contain. Of course, he is a young player and I said after the Andorra game that he will play fantastic games – but also that he will not play the same level in all of the games.
And if you saw the game, you would have seen David Beckham coming on for Theo and exchange a wry smile… Theo had this to say on Becks:
“Becks told me to be a bit more greedy in the box, then afterwards he said I was probably too greedy! He has been absolutely brilliant to me and he just gave me so much confidence. He’s given me praise and it’s unbelievable coming from David. I watched him when I was younger. To train with him, to be around him, to talk to him just spurs me on and gives me a big lift.”
So all in all, quite an accomplished evening last night.
How on earth are we going to focus on Blackburn now? P.S. Diaby may be back…