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Walcott Gets Under 21's Call Up

Sven Gormless Ericsson stunned football fans the world over by calling untried Arsenal striker, Theo Walcott, into England's World Cup 2006 squad.

Shagger Sven was in a world of his own as he picked the 17 year old starlett to take to Germany, and while Walcott's talent is not in question, the decision even raised the most biased Gooner's eyebrow.

Sense seems to have prevailed and new England boss has omitted the teenager from the squad to face Greece at Old Trafford next week, and place the young striker (along with Darren Bent) into the Under 21's side to face Moldova.

'I wanted Darren, Scott and Theo to have the chance to play some competitive Under-21s football,' McClaren told The FA's website.

'Darren has just come back from injury, Theo has not yet played a Premiership game and Scott faces stiff competition for games at Liverpool. The Moldova match will be very positive for all three of them.

'They are all still very much in my plans. I see the Under-21s as a very important stepping stone to the senior team and I will keep a close eye on them this season.'

Walcott should take heart from this rather the dismay, as he will feature more often and gain valuable experience which should profit both club and country.

I wonder if he is the first player to gain a full cap before playing for the Under 21's??

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 9 2006

Time: 5:43PM

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Has Theo recovered from his case of splinteritus maximus yet?
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09/08/2006 18:03:00

Yeah that joke wasn't funny the first four times you made it Westy :P
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09/08/2006 18:07:00

I wonder if he is the first player to gain a full cap before playing for the Under 21's?? < no Wayne Rooney never played for under 21's as well, and both he and Walcott only have 1 under 19 cap. I think thats better for Walcott to play in few Under 21 games then maybe being called up to senior squad and once again not being used, least he gets some game time. Hope he does well and helps him develop as a player. Hopefully he can shine for them and show few people what he is capable of!
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09/08/2006 19:02:00

What I meant was I wonder if Walcott will be the first player to gain a full cap and then go BACK to play for the under 21's.
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09/08/2006 19:06:00

Sup peeps? Just got back from Zagreb, Croatian women are fiiiiiiiiiiiiine! I think the Walcott thing was quite inevitable, getting into the U-21s before playing in the Prem is still quite an achievement. Theo's "excursions" for the WC will do him and Arsenal the power of good, effectively it was like a loan spell.
Little Dutch
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09/08/2006 19:16:00

Sven Gormless Ericsson lol very good indeed he was that. hopefully mcclaren will do a good job
green giant 12
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09/08/2006 19:29:00

he needs a few games, i thought we would dump him out on loan this season, can't see him playing in the premiership or CL games, maybe fa and league cup
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09/08/2006 19:52:00

At least McLaren hasn't forgotten him!
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09/08/2006 23:18:00

The kid's never going to gain any experience unless Le Boss either loans him to a team that will play him or just takes a chance on him. I would prefer the latter since watching him at a WC qualifier. The little guy has PACE!!! I think AW should just throw him in the second half of an FA cup game.
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09/08/2006 23:46:00

I thought he'd retired to help the career of his more famous girlfriend. He'd get some exercise hauling her bags through airports and hotel lobbies.
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10/08/2006 02:09:00

I think this is a good move....can't beleieve the mistakes sven made :(
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10/08/2006 08:17:00

good start by stevie mac! nice and sensible, wallnut should have been in the u-21's to start with, and no-one disputes that.
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10/08/2006 10:04:00

Typically the Sun are trying to put a bad spin on it like its the end of his career or something, when it's clear to everyone who know anything about football that its the correct thing to do!!
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10/08/2006 11:30:00

I kno rocky7. The media have no shame. He's only 17 and they think his career is over already. He's only just begun. Y they try to bring ppl down bemuses me. It'll be funny though wat they say when Walcott becomes a superstar which will clearly happen, jus let them wait and see. There gonna be putting there hands on his balls as soon as that happens...
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10/08/2006 13:03:00

Back with the kids where he belongs, The boy has an undoubted talent but the World cup?! He can't even get into the little French side of North
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10/08/2006 13:38:00

That is true but although he hasn't played yet he certainly is getting valuable experience playing with the likes of Henry, Fabbie, Reyes, Hleb and so on. So with his natural pace and the learning with these quality players every day he is sure to become a superstar. He is a head strong boy and is very dedicated and will become an legend at the club. Mark my words...
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10/08/2006 14:49:00

he should never of been in the world cup team and until he starts playin reguarly for arsenal he shouldnt be put bak in
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10/08/2006 15:36:00

He was the best player in the squad and didnt get a shirt in the WC
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10/08/2006 15:39:00

everyone just dont like it cos he's a gooner had England actually played well and led any game comfortably i'm sure he would of played, and he would of been a lot better then OWEN, CROUCH or ROONEY. Yeah I said it.
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10/08/2006 15:43:00

As soon as he was picked for the WC, most people with an ounce of knowledge of the game realized that it was a ploy by Erikkson to secure his own legend by introducing the latest "wonderkid" to the England set up. But Erikkson should have known the British Press better. Typical tabloids, they jumped on this story. Build them up so you can knock them down. Luckily, as protocal has pointed out, Walcott is extremely level headed and hopefully it doesn't overly affect him going forward. The only thing I can say for sure is that Wenger has a great deal of faith in him. And if he does, so do I.
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10/08/2006 15:46:00

Well, in my opinion, taking Walcott wasn't the biggest mistake SGE made. I think taking four strikers, two of which nowhere near match fitness, was his biggest mistake. Leaving Defoe and Bent out with Rooney and Owen injured was rubbish. Taking Walcott as a fifth would have been fine. I agree with StryfedaGunner.
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10/08/2006 17:26:00

Career, eh? Could we get a list of wee Thee's career highlights? His playing career, not the career he's already begun polishing woodwork with his backside. The latter, of course, is one littered with far more accompolshments. It may form a gap that never gets bridged.
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10/08/2006 18:33:00

takin walcott was the stupidest thing at the world cup
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10/08/2006 21:13:00

don't worry in a few years time you'll be cheering his name wen he scores the winning goal in the WC final.
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10/08/2006 22:07:00

i feel soory for theo thogh it was the right desesion to take him the the WC but the wrong one to not play him, if sven has taken his head out of becks bum and put steve g up front with theo and then crouchie supporting the midfield we would have stormed the world cup, but that was not to be so i guess that we will have to win the euros instead
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10/08/2006 23:12:00

Would be good to see him as a sensation but has anyone seen southamptons graham bale, he is a better free kick taker than beckham also hes only 17
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11/08/2006 01:59:00

Pity Gareth Bale is Welch. No team that relies on Crouch will ever win anything major! Walcott has a future and AW must have been laughing behind his hand when Sven agreed to take him to the show.
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11/08/2006 09:07:00


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