Theo Walcott has outlined an incident in which he was scared by an alarm clock and an Italian.
The Sun is serialising Theo’s new book, entitled ‘
Why the hell would anyone want to read a book by a 22 year old footballer who has won nothing? Growing up Fast’ and he recounts an incident in which he missed a meeting and which frightened him more than that time he went to see Scream 4.
I’d thought the meeting was at 7.30pm but it turned out it had been half an hour earlier. I’d had an afternoon nap, set my alarm too late and slept through the meeting. I could feel my heart thumping. I had never missed a team meeting before. I was in trouble.
It was the Monday evening before England’s friendly against Holland in Amsterdam in August 2009. I got downstairs as fast as I could and spoke to one of the coaches. He said I should go and apologise to Mr Capello. The coach said he had gone back to his hotel room.
I stood in front of his door for a few seconds, my heart thumping. I knocked and there was a brief wait that seemed like a lifetime. Then Mr Capello opened the door. He stood there, looking at me.
“Boss,” I said, “I’m so sorry I missed the meeting. I misread the time.” Mr Capello’s expression stayed the same.
He shrugged his shoulders, then let the door swing shut in my face. He hadn’t said a word.
“Oh, f*** me,” I thought. It was much worse than getting a severe bollocking. It was seriously scary.
I think all of us can understand the trauma of waking up late from an afternoon nap in a luxury hotel. The fear is simply indescribable, so credit to Theo for managing to find the words.
In tomorrow’s installment: Theo’s heartbreak over slightly burnt toasted sandwich.