VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Theo Walcott
Friday, 03 June, 2011
Winger discusses England, Barca, Wilshere, Switzerland and more.
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Less than a week after Barcelona graced the Wembley pitch to win the Champions League, Theo Walcott is hoping England can follow that up with a sterling performance to beat Switzerland and end the season on a high.
Fabio Capello’s men have been in preparation for what is their final game of the season all week and know that three points against the Swiss will leave them in a strong position to qualify for next summer’s European Championship Finals.
“All the players are very prepared for this game, a lot of us stayed in the country last week,” Walcott told FATV in an exclusive interview.
“Our season's not over yet. You want to end your season on a high, you want to go into your holidays and be relaxed.
“If we can get that win for the fans and for us as well, we can feel good going into next season.
“We had to blow the cobwebs away a little bit in the first few training sessions, but we're used to that playing once a week most of the time.
“It's not going to affect us, we look after our bodies really well, that's our job. We're just ready to play football because that's what we all want to do, and hopefully we can show the fans what we can do.”
The Wembley display from Barcelona last weekend is still fresh in Walcott’s mind too and he could only pay tribute to Pep Guardiola’s team who swept aside English champions Manchester United with a flowing performance.
“They are a special team, they know what they are going to do before they even get the ball,” added the Arsenal man.
“They are just unbelievable to watch, any young player or coach coming through, just watch the way they play because it's fantastic.
“You know when you play Barcelona you're not going to have a lot of the ball. I thought it was a great game to watch for the neutral, I wanted United to win being an English club but it wasn't meant to be.”
Walcott is well position to speak on the matter himself too, having been part of the Gunners side which met the Catalans in quarter final this season.
“I think a lot of people forget that we actually beat them in the first leg,” he added.
“But we can say we were knocked out by the eventual winners, and I think in the end the better team won.”
Watch the full seven minute interview with Walcott on FATV now, when he also discusses the game with Switzerland in more details, the game in Basel, his season with Arsenal, the emergence of Jack Wilshere, Paul Scholes retirement and much more.
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