Sam Allardyce has called up Theo Walcott to his first England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
The attacker returns to the national team set-up having missed out on selection for Euro 2016 after solid performances in Arsenal’s first three Premier League games of the fledgling campaign.
After yesterday’s victory at Watford, Arsene Wenger said he was hoping for a renaissance from the player he signed as a 16-year-old.
“I said before the season started that we will get a different Theo Walcott this year,” the boss told Arsenal Player.
“If he can maintain that focus, that desire and that fighting attitude then he will have a great season.
“I hope he has no setback because he is an intelligent player, he is focused and has a great desire to prove his critics wrong and he’s on a good way.”
Walcott is the only Gunner in the 23-man squad; neither Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been included…thereby saving themselves from the horror of showering with a naked walrus.
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Strikers: Harry Kane (ex-Arsenal), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)