Theo Walcott has been included in the England squad for the upcoming Euro qualifiers against Slovenia and also for a friendly in Scotland. Walcott returned only three weeks ago after a 10 month injury layoff, and the Englishman featured for less than a quarter of an hour after coming on as a substitute in the Burnley game. He was also an unused sub in the Anderlecht game.
With just some 13 minutes under his belt since his return, he has been called up for national duty by the Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson as predicted by Arsene Wenger. Wenger after the Burnley game said he would be happy if Walcott were to be called by England citing it would help the forward to regain his fitness.
The England squad in full
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Jack Wilshere, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Calum Chambers, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs
With Theo’s inclusion Arsenal’s contingent in England is increased to six and that is more than half the team. But given the predicament Arsenal are in, the last thing we want is another injury. Also it would be ideal if Walcott just trains and plays for the last 5 seconds in both the games, which we know will not happen and don’t be surprised if any Arsenal player comes back with an injury.