Walcott 'buzzing' as final looms

Published Add your comment

Football News

Theo Walcott wants to finish the European Under-21 Championships on a high after forcing his way back into Stuart Pearce's starting XI ahead of Monday's final.

The Arsenal forward was controversially dropped for England's Group B victory over Spain but Pearce recalled him for Friday's semi-final against hosts Sweden and the 20-year-old scored in the penalty shoot-out.

"We can't wait for the final now," Walcott said. "We have two days to recover and prepare, and everyone will be buzzing. We have 23 players in the squad who have been fantastic throughout the tournament."

He added: "It's been fantastic here in Sweden, the weather has been great and hopefully we'll have happy memories by Monday night.

"We've worked hard to get here, through the finals and all through the qualifiers, but we still haven't done anything yet. We still need to get our name on that trophy."

Sweden came so close to knocking England out at Gothenburg's Gamla Ullevi stadium, coming back from 3-0 down to force penalties and Pearce's youngsters down a man after Fraizer Campbell's sending off.

"All credit to Sweden, we maybe took our foot off the gas and it's not like us," Walcott said.

"They just showed how dominant they have been all through this tournament, but it showed great character from all the lads coming back from that after going down to 10 men again.

"And we finally won a penalty shoot-out. People are quite surprised, but we've been practising and all the lads were confident.

"You've just got to get used to your favourite penalty and that's what we've been doing and it's paid off. The players can all be proud."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Stuart Pearce
Fraizer Campbell
Theo Walcott

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again