Macca backs Theo return

13 August 2006 11:53
Arsenal teenager Theo Walcott has been backed to make a return to the England senior squad by new boss Steve McClaren, having been dropped to the Under-21s. Walcott was a surprise selection for the World Cup finals, but McClaren feels he will benefit from time back at a lower level, having not been used in Germany this summer. "Theo Walcott is a very good player, he has a bright future and a future playing for England," McClaren said. "But what he needs now is that experience he needs to play regularly at this level. "We will give him that opportunity at under-21 level and, hopefully, he will break through and we will see him at senior level again." Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard has hit out at Walcott's summer call-up by Sven-Goran Eriksson. He told The News of The World: "He certainly shouldn't have brought Theo Walcott to Germany. "I almost fell over when I heard. Theo's a nice lad and one day he will mature into a very good player, but he had no right to be in Germany, none at all. "I was gobsmacked to find him on the plane."

Source: ESA