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England XI: Predicted 2018 World Cup stars (8)

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Right wing: Theo Walcott

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Age now: 24

Age then: 29

Theo Walcott has had and up and down career for England, he has received 36 caps for his country, scoring 5 goals in the process. He scored a hat-trick in just his second start for the senior side making him the youngest player to score a hat-trick for England. He is also the youngest player to play for England at just 17 years and 75 days. 

Strangely, when he was a more experienced player becoming a regular in the Arsenal squad, he was not picked for Fabio Capello's 2010 England World Cup squad.

However in 2006, he was picked for Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for the World Cup in Germany, even though he had not made a senior appearance for new club Arsenal. Walcott should get on the plane to Brazil as he has been a sorely missed player for England this season.

Walcott had abdominal surgery in September and only came back to the Arsenal squad a couple weeks ago. Andros Townsend has been filling in for Walcott and to be fair to the lad, he has been England's stand-out player over England's last four internationals. 

By 2018, seeing the lack of competition Walcott has at the moment he should still be England's number one right winger. Next season, he may start to get some battles from up and coming wingers such as Thomas Ince and Wilfried Zaha, but Walcott just like Wilshere, is a lot better than these two.

Aaron Lennon is out of favour for England selection and so is Adam Johnson right now and I suppose they will still be in the future. Walcott also will have competition from Norwich City winger, Nathan Redmond.

I believe Redmond could be a huge player given he gets the opportunities he deserves. But Walcott, if he is still at Arsenal in 2018 will be one of England's most experienced players. 

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