The Arsenal ace came in for scathing criticism following his performance in the friendly win over Egypt earlier this month with ex-England international Chris Waddle arguing he does not warrant a place in the Italian's 23-man World Cup party because he lacks intelligence as a footballer.
But Newcastle legend - and now TV pundit - Shearer believes Capello needs to look no further than Walcott in his search to replace injured winger David Beckham, insisting the 21-year-old has a very bright future in the game for club and country.
Theo for England: Alan Shearer has backed Walcott to shine at the World Cup
'I would take Theo Walcott. I'm a fan of his,' Shearer told BBC Radio FiveLive.
'I know he's beencriticised for his final ball and his football brain but the future isvery very bright for him.
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