Arsenal and England star Walcott has suffered another World Cup disappointment after being ruled out of this year's finals in Brazil with a knee injury.
John Cross of the Daily Mirror reports that the 24-year-old fears he may never play in FIFA's elite tournament after a third successive let-down ahead of the summer finals.
Walcott was a surprise selection for Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2006, but did not play, and he was omitted from the squad four years ago by Fabio Capello.
Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required) spoke with Walcott's father, Don, who revealed the extent of his son's agony:
In 2006 people thought maybe he shouldn't have gone because he was so young and he didn't get on the field.
Then, in 2010, some thought he should have gone to South Africa when he wasn't picked.
Now, in 2014, he cannot go and you wonder if he is destined never to play at a World Cup.
He had been injured already this season but came back and was enjoying his football. He believed Arsenal could get a trophy this season and was looking forward to Brazil. But what can he do?
He didn't think it was too bad after the game but it was worse than everybody thought.
However, football medicine specialist Michael Davison has told the Daily Telegraph that Walcott should not be ruled out of the World Cup just yet.