Theo Walcott speaks exclusively to TheFA.com about England’s upcoming qualifiers
Theo Walcott believes his England colleagues can get the results required to seal their place at the World Cup next summer.
The Arsenal forward has undergone abdominal surgery which rules him out of the Three Lions crunch qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, and although he admits to being ‘frustrated’ to miss out, he believes Roy Hodgson has the right mix in his squad to get the job done.
Walcott, speaking exclusively to TheFA.com, said: “It’s frustrating for myself obviously, but there’s a lot of players missing out.
“Fortunately it isn’t long term, but my team-mate Alex (Oxlade-Chamberlaim), is out for a much longer spell than I am.
“It’s one of those things were you want to be there, it’s such a big game and showcase your football.
“We want to be at the World Cup and I want to be part of that. I’ll be watching it and hopefully I can feel part of it that way.”
With youngsters such as Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend included alongside the experience of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, and with the backing of a vocal home crowd, Walcott has every faith the Three Lions will be in Brazil next summer.
“I think the manager has a nice balance between young and experienced players,” he said.
“People were saying the Ukraine game wasn’t the best result, but as long as win these next two games then everyone forgets that.
“I think with the home support at Wembley, we’ll be very strong.”
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