Walcott: I’d do anything for England

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Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has insisted he is happy to play any role that is asked of him by England manager Roy Hodgson.


There has been much debate in the media over whether Walcott should start on the right of the England midfield ahead of the current incumbent James Milner.


It is a debate that was relatively low key at the beginning of England’s Euro 2012 campaign, but blew up when the Gunners man came off the bench to turn the game around in the second Group D fixture against Sweden.


A slight injury made Walcott a doubt for the final game against Ukraine on Tuesday and Milner started once more, but the 23-year-old said he is happy to be involved in by coming off of the bench.


“I had that little injury setback. I kept on playing and training and pulled it in the end so I thought, during training, I’d have to sit it out for a while,” he said in the Evening Standard.


“But I’m ready to go. I’d do anything for this team — from the start or the bench.


“It’s nice to be part of it and there’s still a lot more to come.”


England are up against Italy in their quarter-final on Sunday and selections in the tournament so far suggest Hodgson will stick with Manchester City player in the wide berth.


The benefit of Walcott’s pace against fatiguing defenders in the latter stages has been highlighted and the Three Lions boss may see this as the best way to utilise him.

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