Arsenal star eyeing central England role in Spurs and ex-Chelsea duo’s absence

17:06 04 February 2013

Theo Walcott in England training. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Theo Walcott in England training. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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Theo Walcott wants to reproduce the impressive form he has shown for Arsenal this season with England and hopes Roy Hodgson will give him a chance to impress through the middle.

Walcott has been the outstanding performer in an indifferent season for the Gunners and is their leading scorer with 18 goals.

Now the 23-year-old wants to make the same impression for his country and become a regular member of the side under Roy Hodgson, starting with Wednesday’s international friendly with Brazil at Wembley.

The withdrawals of Jermain Defoe and Daniel Sturridge through injury could even present an opportunity in the central striking role Walcott craves for at Arsenal.

He said: “I have been happy with the last couple of seasons but this one has stood out.

“At the start of the season, I wasn’t playing at all but I felt I reacted in the right way.

“Hopefully I have proved something to the manager [Arsene Wenger] and he can believe in me like I believe in him.

“Now the next step is to get my England career where it should be. We have a young squad that is eager to do well. You want to be playing from the start.”

However is he doesn’t make the starting XI, Walcott insists he won’t be too downbeat.

“If you get a chance coming off the bench, it is the way you make your mark. I want to give the manager a headache,” he added.

“I have had limited opportunities and every time I have come away with England I have managed to get injured, which has set me back slightly.

“But I am only 23. I have four goals and 30 caps. Not many people get 30 caps at my age.

“I am very pleased with the way things are going. It is a slow process but, if I can get my club form going with England, I will be on top of my game.

“I will play anywhere for England. Things are going quite well for Arsenal on the right but Daniel and Jermain are both out so there is an opportunity (with England).

“That is the manager’s choice. I trained up front today with Wayne so you never know.

“I will play anywhere for England and Arsenal but I do believe I’m a striker and I’m sure in the next few years I’ll be playing a bit more regularly.”

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