Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott made a significant impact in England’s group stage match against Sweden, coming off the bench to net the equalizer and set up the winner to give England a 3-2 victory.
It hasn’t been the best tournament so far for Walcott after being left out the starting line-up in favour of the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Milner in the last two games, but the pacy winger showed what he could do after coming on at the hour mark with England down 2-1.
Granted Walcott’s first goal was a little lucky after he picked up the ball on the edge of the box after a corner was cleared by the Sweden defence. The on-rushing Sweden defence blocked Isakkson vision of Walcott’s swerving shot which ended up completely deceiving the Swedish keeper.
For the winner, Walcott darted between two defenders and the pulled the ball back to Danny Welbeck, who finished in style by flicking the ball to far-post and securing all three points for England.
Walcott is quoted as saying by SkySports on his performance:
I wouldn’t say I was the game changer. We felt from the first game we wanted to pick it up a bit more offensively and to score three goals is the main thing.
It’s always nice to come off the bench and show what you can do.
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I’ve obviously been disappointed that I haven’t played, but I’ve been training hard and it’s not about the starting line-up, it’s a whole squad thing, we’re a family.
I was sharp warming up and you need to be sharp on the pitch because at this level it’s really, really tough.
To make my first appearance in such a high-profile sort of arena means so much because it’s been a long time waiting. Hopefully there will be more to come from me.
Do you think Walcott has done enough to secure a starting place in the team? Or do you think he should remain an impact player in the squad? Feel free to leave a comment below or discuss Walcott in the allArsenal.com Forums! Check out the video highlights of the match below.
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