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2010 FIFA World Cup: Walcott's Cut a Blessing in Disguise for Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  Theo Walcott of England in action during the International Friendly match between England and Mexico at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Samuel MensahAnalyst IJune 1, 2010

Capello has made his final 23 man squad for England's World Cup bid this summer. A squad of good worthy players who could, with a lot of fine tuning, have a chance of holding the 18 carrot gold cup of beauty.

Unfortunately Capello had to cut down from an oringinal squad of 30, meaning 7 players would have to watch the world cup from their holiday villas. A player to fall foul is Arsenal's Theo Walcott.

Theo has abilty, in sparks he can spring a defence and cause problems, but at times he looks like a rabbit caught in headlights afraid to apply himself. This has ultimately contributed to him being left out by Capello, who has opted to favour slightly more experienced players.

I feel this may be a hard one to take for Walcott and he may feel personally hurt by this decision. However this can give him the rest, time to evaluate himself, and comeback fresh for a new season for Arsenal.

It is clear what he needs to improve on and maybe this time away he can work hard on those areas. He has suffered from fatigue and injuries, over past seasons, due to subsequent journeys with the England Under 21 team after long seasons and also playing for the senior team.

He needs to just get some quality time on the training field and he can overcome this setback, as he is definitely a future big name in the England team.

I also wonder if being the only Arsenal player hampers him slightly in the England camp. He may have his friends there but it is always better when you are accompanied with your club mates. Perhaps I would like to see  more English players in the Arsenal team, but that is another article.

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