Theo Walcott believes that England's youngsters can shine against Moldova
England v Moldova
FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier
8pm, Friday 6 September
Live on ITV
Theo Walcott says England’s youngsters are ready to prove themselves should they be given the chance against Moldova.
The Arsenal forward, 24, is part of Roy Hodgson’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine.
But despite seeing Wayne Rooney, Glen Johnson and Phil Jones pull out through injury, Walcott believes the younger players in the squad have the pedigree to make a difference
Walcott, who has scored six goals in 34 caps for the Three Lions, said: “I think it is a great opportunity for the youngsters that are coming into the squad to take their chance.
“I came in at such a young age, and scored a hat-trick against Croatia, so anyone could come in and do that against Moldova or Ukraine. So there is chances there to be taken and if you are good enough the manager is going to play you.”
Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley received their first call-ups for the senior squad last week, and with Steven Caulker and Raheem Sterling joining the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, Walcott believes the youngsters can only benefit from the experience.
He added: “We have a good balance between young and experienced players now and we are starting to show that when we play at Wembley.
“I think it is very important to get to know the players and staff and the way it is set-up here. It only helps you when you go to tournaments.”
Watch the full press conference with Walcott below.
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