Theo Walcott was in a bullish mood a few days before the start of the Euros as the Arsenal winger told the Guardian about England’s desire to get things right this time around. He also spoke about the absence of Wayne Rooney for the first two games, even suggesting that Manchester United star’s place in the team wasn’t guaranteed. The expectations surrounding the England side under Roy Hodgson is considerably less hyped than previous years and it might well work in their favour at the tournament.
“Everyone’s role is up for grabs. You never know, we might keep Wayne out of the team if we do well in the first two games,” said Walcott. The 23 year old is expected to play a considerable role on the right-wing and his competition to the spot are James Milner and Arsenal team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamebrlain.
And, Walcott spoke about his team-mate in glowing terms, saying “Alex is the sort of person you don’t have to [give guidance to]. He’s a young man, likes to play with no fear, very confident. If there are people who haven’t heard about him before the tournament, they will hear about him afterwards. I’m sure about that.”
Walcott has been in the news recently as his contract with Arsenal is entering its final year, and Gunners’ fans will be hoping that the Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain combine continues to operate in North London for many years to come.
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