Theo Walcott says Raheem Sterling has earned the right to replace him in England World Cup squad after a great season for Liverpool.
The Arsenal forward is set to miss out on this summer's World Cup after sustaining cruciate ligament damage in his knee during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham in January.
Before the injury Walcott was tipped to be a key member in Arsenal's title run in as well as Roy Hodgson's plans for England in Brazil.
However, his injury has opened up an invaluable place for another England star and Walcott believes that place should go to Liverpool youngster Sterling.
Sterling has been brilliant in the second half of the season for Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool squad, helping the Reds to a genuine title challenge in the Premier League.
Arsenal star Walcott thinks his form should earn Sterling a place in Hodgson's squad.
Quoted in the Daily Mail, Walcott said: "The manager has some great young players to pick from. Raheem has had a great season and been very consistent.
"Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have helped his game too.
"He has assists, he tracks back and works really hard for the team. He has a great opportunity. Then there's Ross Barkley, Andros Townsend and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain too."
The 19-year-old started in England's 1-0 friendly win over Denmark last month, appearing alongside Liverpool team mates Sturridge, captain Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Glen Johnson.
He made his England debut in November 2012 against Sweden and is strongly tipped to be on the plane to Brazil after scoring seven goals for Liverpool this season.
Theo Walcott could also be in Brazil this summer although, unfortunately, not as a player but as a television pundit.
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