Theo Walcott has offered to become a tutor for Tottenham youngster Dele Alli, and has backed his North London rival to be a success for England, as reported by The Evening Standard.
Most Arsenal players have a healthy and competitive hatred of Tottenham, and Walcott has shown that in the past; we all remember this picture.
He has leant his support to the 19-year-old ahead of his potential England debut however, and offered to take the youngster under his wing.
Walcott knows exactly what it’s like being thrown into the England squad as a teenager, and had to deal with a huge amount of stress and pressure when he burst onto the scene following his move from Southampton to Arsenal.
He claims he’s willing to be there if there’s anything Alli needs, and is convinced the former MK Dons star has a bright future ahead of him.
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“Seeing him for the first time in the flesh, he’s a big lad. He’s very classy on the ball and he’s only 19 so he’s got a long England career ahead of him, and with Tottenham as well,” Walcott said.
“He’s in the spotlight straight away. I’m always there for him as I obviously was in the England squad at the early age of 17. I’ve been through it so he’s always got plenty of people here to talk to.
“Looking at him, he’s the sort of player who’d be able to deal with anything.”
It’s obviously nice to see the England boys being there for each other, and young players need to be nurtured. It’s a shame Alli is a Tottenham player though, and we don’t want Walcott nurturing him too much.
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Perhaps Alli will see how great the support is from the Arsenal boys in the England squad, and realise the Emirates is where he really wants to be.