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Walcott relishing England competition

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Theo Walcott believes the fierce competition for places on the flanks in the England squad is bringing the best out of him in the battle for a World Cup spot.

Walcott feels England head coach Fabio Capello is facing a selection headache in terms of whom to select from himself, Aaron Lennon, Adam Johnson and Shaun Wright-Phillips for his final 23.

He said: "It is a great thing having competition because it gets the best out of you. Aaron, Shaun and Adam are among the best players in England. It is a headache for the manager, but a nice headache, because there are fantastic options."

The Arsenal player started Monday's clash with Mexico at Wembley with Lennon and Johnson entering the action as second-half substitutes. And Walcott showed a willingness to track back as well as making some of his trademark runs and crosses.

He said: "The boss wants me to stay out wide, to be an outlet with Stevie G (Gerrard) coming inside. But I also did a lot of tracking back. It is not always about getting forward and, when I could, I did (get back).

"People saw a different side of me, going forward and back.

"It was a nice little boost getting the chance to start in the number seven shirt, especially at Wembley with the tremendous support. It shows I had been training quite well."

Walcott reckons there are many players who possess the kind of pace he is able to demonstrate.

He said: "There are so many quick players out there. You saw Aaron show what he can do when he came on in the last few minutes against Mexico.

"A lot of players use their pace at different times in the game and it is not always about knocking the ball past someone and running. It is easier said than done."

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