Sky say Theo Walcott will not go to the World Cup

Matt Law of The Express also suggests that the Arsenal winger will not be in England’s 23-man squad.

If true, it’s a big surprise: many saw Walcott’s selection in both warm-up games as confirmation of his place in the squad.  On reflection, it seems Capello was giving a player he has enormous affection for a final chance to earn a place.  He didn’t.

It’s hard to argue with his omission.  He hasn’t done anything in an England shirt since September 2008, and has done about as much in an Arsenal shirt this season.  The likes of Aaron Lennon, Adam Johnson, and Joe Cole have all overtaken him in the pecking order, and it ought to be a wake-up call to Walcott: his form hasn’t been good enough.  He is living off a reputation.  If he was playing like this at a mid-table club, no-one would notice him.

Not a single Arsenal player in this summer’s World Cup squad.  Unless

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  1. dilly   •  

    Good, hope he spends the summer working on how to run with the ball & cross & shoot & pass & off the ball runs & not rely on his pace & his other foot.

  2. Mustang   •  


    At least he will get a break and ready for next season.

    Also the press will find someone else to blame for Englands failure to win the cup a he was last time.

    Oh, and another thing, his decision to go the u21 championship when he was knackered before the begining of last season set him back.

  3. clockendrider   •  

    Can’t help thinking it might be the best thing for Walcott and for Arsenal. It’s really time for him to take stock and such a knockback might well provide him wiith the impetus he needs to kick on after 4 and a half pretty disappointing years in terms of progress.

  4. tiny   •  


  5. Joe   •  

    I’m not adverse to Walcott no being selected for two reasons. He doesn’t have interact with the cunts in the national squad who refuse to pass to him. And he will get a rest and be able to come back for next season stronger and refreshed.

    Also, we are 100% NOT after Joe Cole. As it is now mentioned on the .com’s Transfer Linked section. Which all but confirms we have no interest in the player.

  6. stevus   •  

    I genuinely feel sorry for Walcott as somehow he has been led to believe…and does believe…that he is much better than he actually is. This doesn’t even come close to Adams & Rocastle missing Italia ’90 or Parlour missing France ’98. In those cases the players deserved to go and saw inferior players make the final 23. For Theo the solution is to focus on his club, work hard in the summer and use this setback to motivate him. The right decision though…for player, club and country.

  7. herdee string   •  

    of course he won’t make it – the guy is a fool. and a tool. and worthless. although not quite – arsene is dopey enough to be paying him 60k a week.

  8. superfly   •  

    Oh you can imagine the spuds fans lapping this up

  9. Mark   •  

    What a relief. Agreed with other comments – get some rest Theo and come back stronger.

    Sad to say, but he needed a reality check and I think this will hurt him a lot, but if he can get over it he should finally start developing into a world class player. I believe last season’s U21 tournament had a massive impact on his development/fitness and has resulted in this omission. Irony of ironies.

    It also must be said that if Theo doesn’t respond well to this let-down, then perhaps he is never gonig to be the player we all hoped for. Jermaine Pennant all over again.

  10. JayGooner   •  

    Might be better if Holland stunned us and sent RVP home. Even better if Cesc stays at Arsenal he only warms the bench in South Africa, point being if he cannot get into the Spain team he will realise that Barca are using him

  11. Gooner   •  

    Walcott should have gone not as a starter but as an impact player! He is one player that can change a game when defenders start getting leggy in 60/70th minute!! Didn’t do enough though to get the nod, think he thought he was in the squad already..

  12. Mustang   •  

    Herdee – on what basis is he a fool?

    People like you should not be allowed to post rubbish on the Internet, oh I forgot it’s half term.

  13. James   •  

    Walcott is an impact player, but so is Lennon, and Lennon is better. I despair when I see Capello or Wenger starting Theo Walcott in a football match, why they can’t see what presumably everybody else can is a complete mystery.

  14. Gooner   •  

    Surely Lennon would be the starter though

  15. islington haye maker.   •  

    Capello and pearce are w****ers…..There loss with shitty wright-phillps and no hope lennon.

    Everyone goes on about lennon being so great,to me he is big waste of space who does F All.

    Stuart Pearce is to blame for the whole thing…Im gutted for theo.

  16. Taiye   •  

    Big Mistake, and am dissappointed. I am sure one player will get injured and Theo will be called up. No more support for england from me, am all for spain now.

  17. Mat   •  

    Walcott is one of the few player ie Walcott and Rooney who could win the world cup for us. He is suffering a crisis of confidence because of things Steven Gerrard and John Terry have said about him. If Walcott doesn’t go I don’t think we will progress past group stage. Capello is bright Walcott will go

  18. Arse&Nose   •  

    every time i say i hate England people tell me ..what about Walcott, he is a gooner.

    Now I won’t have that problem :)

  19. Chet   •  

    Never mind Theo son, just get fit an come back to where u will be appreciated mate!!

    Poor old Theo, gets stuck outside on the right. For Gods sake the guy IS NOT a winger. His natural posistion is striker/forward. Now I love Arsene but how long will he sacrafice poor Theo on the right instead of playing him up front?? Now don’ t tell me he is not strong enough cos hes tried Vela up there on his own so thats not of any substance. PLay Theo in the right place, give him a strong partner and Theo can make runs off him and he can finsih!!! Come on Gooner recognise the truth, Theo is not Lennon or Beckham, he is a very fast striker who can score goals….simple

  20. Wallys outahear   •  

    Yes ,spud here lapping it up,just a shite Aaron Lennon or so the song go’s.that will be ringing in his ears next season,is anything going right for you lot?

  21. islington haye maker.   •  

    shut up you silly little c***.
    Whats gone right for you lot since 1961???

    No run along little boy.

  22. RoyVasey   •  

    Any hopes I had of England making it past the last 16 have gone now. Overreaction? No. Lennon up until this season had the same problems with the final ball as Theo. Swp or Shawn won’t pass is a waste of space. Rigid 4-4-2 all the way now.
    Fabio please go!

  23. rafi   •  

    I see walcott the way ia saw one ole gunner solshoe, a massive impact player to change the game. englend will no doubt need one when they are starring at crucial draws in mat hes they desparatley have to win to make it. thats when they will realise theo was needed. he is not erxactly like lennon or swp. his pace alone could run a tired defender off his punts. anyway, i hope his ommission will make him take stock and work on his play to make the next level.

  24. Chet   •  

    Mate we dont really care about England……shit Aaron Lennon or not… but i’m glad its made u smile so much….must be really big news for u guys…… lol…….wot i like is the way spunk fans really think we care wot they think…..u may have made it into the cl QUALIFIERS but ur still a small team in Arsenal…

  25. AusGunner   •  

    The problem is he hasn’t been playing in his natural and preferred position for some 5 years now. I think putting him on the wing has been a reasonable idea for his development and improving his game, and it has reaped dividends for us, but I do hope that Arsene or his England coaches do start to play him as a forward, which is what he was signed as, and what he’s always wanted.

  26. Wallys outahear   •  

    Wenger said a few weeks ago wallys going the the world cup,ha ha ha, 12 mill 4 that,in ars hole we trust

  27. Chet   •  

    Spot on AusGunner!!

  28. Matlee   •  

    if you are not doing well for your club then you should not be rewarded with a place at the world cup. I don’t think the other players taking Theo’s place are any better than him but its better they take the flak rather than Theo be lynched by the media for Englands failings. I was initially encouraged by Capello but from the time he hung his hat on David James and Heskey i knew England were doomed. Arsenal’s players have let Arsene down and in turn Wenger has let us fans down. I can’t remember a recent team being beaten so easily so often or giving so many goals and throwing games away. Wenger can’t allow this to continue and must address the problems within the squad. When you have defensive problems or 70% of the ball in the opponents half and no shots on target, you expect these issues to be solved in training and not see the same mistakes over and over again. I’m looking forward to seeing the other Arsenal players at the world cup and i just wonder how persistant Barcelona will be in the pursuit of Cesc if he fails to perform for the Spain team. If he has a bad World Cup its ironic that Barca will have played a major role in Cesc’s state of mind.

  29. Wallys outahear   •  

    Haye maker:-),every gunners a runner.the last one I beat up he cryed infront of his sister in the queys on holloway.heartless spineless .icks,btw your pityfull team lost EVERY most win game last season
    O O

  30. islington haye maker.   •  

    On holloway you mug,you wouldnt even get that far…stop listening to all the hype and be there when it matters.

    Aint your leader a rapist…ha ha

  31. Steezy   •  

    Hey Wally you cock:

    Must Win

    You can tell its half -term huh?

  32. islington haye maker.   •  

    You can tell lol

  33. Wallys outahear   •  

    No m8 that’s ur striker you on about.easy easy easy

  34. Wallys outahear   •  

    And your managers been doing it 4 years, what is about you lot and bums,ARSene,ARSEnal,freddy lovecock,sol(loves anal holes ) CAMPbell,Matt Lucas, Gaye maker more like

  35. aaa   •  

    i think this is a blessing, he will have a rest this summer with arshavin rosicky eduardo nasri chamak and denilson and a few of the youg lads so we will go in to a season witha fit squad 4 the 1st time in years unless rvp trips on a blade of grass and breaks his leg and mayb 1 or 2 new faces so come the arsenal

  36. Jamie   •  

    Will be a benefit to us Gooners but I just can’t see why he isn’t bring someone that can change a game completly. AC Milan when he helped put the game to bed. Liverpool run putting the game on it’s head. Barcalona this season changed the game. Something different but he thinks he will get that elsewhere stupid mug

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