England not picking Walcott was a travesty by Sam P
I have got a sneaking suspicion that Roy Hodgson was busy, on holiday or simply could not be bothered to watch the last few games played by Arsenal as we finished the season with a bang. Why else would the England boss have chosen to pick the out of form Raheem Sterling and the struggling spud Andros Townsend ahead of the red hot Gunner Theo Walcott today?
Answers on a postcard please, because I am struggling to understand and my carefully chosen words when I saw the team sheet are not to be repeated on a family website. He spoke about loyalty to players, but what the hell has Theo ever done to be snubbed ahead of the other two?
The fitness thing won´t wash because Townsend had not started a game for two months, and Sterling might as well not have done. Walcott on the other hand, has played, started, scored and looks as good as he ever has. What is more, he is fit, fresh and desperate to play.
Taking my Arsenal hat off for a moment, I wonder whether England should be very concerned with Hodgson´s choice as well. It would not have done the Three Lions and their two wide men much good to flop for the second game in a row either and you cannot possibly be optimistic about the Euro 2016 tournament after that.
Thankfully another Arsenal man Jack Wilshere scored a couple of stunners and Walcott finally got on to play a key role in Rooney´s winner, but he must be left wondering what he has to do to actually start for England. I know I am.