What a fantastic few days for Arsenal fans – a great send off from Highbury, beating Sp*rs to fourth place and now yesterday it turns out that Theo Walcott is not just on stand-by for England but he’s in the 23-man provisional squad!
And with Owen and Rooney both doubtful it looks pretty certain that Theo is going to make history and go to Germany.
Which is unbelievable!
Sven is generally pretty, well quite frankly boring, in his England team selection.
We know Beckham and Owen are always in the team – regardless of form or full fitness, and it was a shock to everyone that Arsenal forward Theo is in the squad, despite not having any Premiership experience!
But unlike everyone else, I’m glad Theo has been selected.
Yes, it’s a gamble – but why not?
Let’s not be naive about this – Sven hasn’t just picked a random 17 year old from the street and put him in the England squad! He’s seen him first hand, Theo trains alongside world-class players and Arsene himself has apparently recommended him.
Darren Bent in my opinion has had a chance and been picked for a few England squads in the past, and obviously is not selected in the current squad because Sven has not been impressed with what he has seen when training with him.
Yes, he’s scored 18 goals in the Premiership but does that mean your International quality? Diego Forlan was the top scorer in Spain last season for f*cks sake – but would you have him ahead of Eto, Ronaldinho or Robinho? Hell no!
Jermaine Defoe is on stand-by, not because he hasn’t played that much but because Sven doesn’t think he’s good enough to be in the first 23.
People will point to the fact that Theo hasn’t appeared, nevermind started for Arsenal but people forget that Arsene Wenger has been preparing the young lad and this season is just too short for him. By the time the World Cup and the start of next season start he will be ready.
When Arsenal first signed Thierry Henry from Juventus Wenger had to prepare the Frenchman for several months before he was good enough to have an impact on the first team.
Like Henry, Theo would be constantly be flagged offside because linesmen could not gauge their phenomenal pace. So Arsenal have been working on Theo curving and arcing his runs to perfection.
All these young talents just need that chance to make their mark. Look what happened to Michael Owen in the 1998 World Cup and Wayne Rooney in Euro 2004.
And in all honesty, it’s not really that much of a gamble – generally from the 22-man squad that goes to these tournaments, only 15 to 16 of them will see any action on the pitch.
So is it really that much of a deal?
Let’s give this lad a chance!