Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has responded to comments made by Roy Hodgson this week where he challenged the 26-year-old to prove himself, reports the Telegraph.
Walcott has fallen down the pecking order for both club and country during his year out, having suffered a cruciate ligament injury last season, with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Arsenal teammates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck ahead of him in the pecking order for the England wide-spots.
Hodgson stated that Walcott faced a “decisive period” (via the Guardian) to remind many of his qualities and the former Southampton man is ready to do exactly that.
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“Competition is always going to be there,” Walcott told the Telegraph.
“It’s been there from the age of 17 and I’ve managed to get through. Competition is healthy. We want, as a nation, for all the players to be playing well.
“It’s only going to spur you on and make you a better player. Bring it on. Definitely.”
As well as trying to reclaim his place for both Arsenal and England, Walcott is currently locked in negotiations with the club regarding a new contract with his future far from certain (via the Telegraph).
We experienced such struggles during the last year of his previous deal and one has to wonder if our longest serving player, after Tomas Rosicky, is worth all the hassle?
Since his return from injury, Walcott has played 13 times this season, scoring three goals – two in the league and one in the cup.