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World Cup 2014: England's right midfield options (2)

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Even though he has missed the majority of this season with an abdominal injury, when Theo Walcott has played he has been magnificent and he showed that the injury he picked up back in October hasn't affected his football after he scored two goals in his side, Arsenal's 6-3 defeat to Manchester City last Saturday. 

Walcott acquires a lot of pace and velocity which has made him the footballer he is today. He is said to be the fastest footballer on the planet or at least the most famous of the quick players. Walcott has had his ups and downs during his England career, scoring a hat-trick against Croatia in only his second start to not making the 2010 World Cup squad but then becoming England's saviour scoring and setting up goals in England's all-important 3-2 win over Sweden at Euro 2012. 

On 8th May 2006, Walcott was surpisingly named in Sven-Göran Eriksson's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, despite having only made 13 appearances in senior football and none in the Premier League. He had been picked ahead of the EPL top scorer that season, Darren Bent which came as a shock to all English football fans. On 30th May 2006, he became England's youngest ever senior player by appearing in a 3–1 friendly win over Hungary at Old Trafford aged 17 years and 75 days. Walcott didn't feature in the World Cup but did go. 

Since the 2010 World Cup, Walcott has become a regular for both club and country becoming one of Arsenal's most experienced players since he has been there since 2006 and has played in 22 England games since 2011. 

Ever since Walcott's awesome hat-trick against Croatia, he struggled to find the net for a long time until he surprised most England fans at Euro 2012 with a spectacular half-volley from just outside the penalty area to equalise against Sweden. Later on in the match, he took the ball around the Sweden LB and sent the ball into the box for Danny Welbeck to score an improvised finish to give England the lead and eventually the win in a 3-2 thriller. 

Walcott scored his fifth and last goal for England in his last England appearance since getting his injury against UK rivals, Scotland. 

Walcott is now a very important part of the England team and I think that he is a better player than Townsend. Townsend has only four caps, whereas Walcott has 36 and has proved he is a top player. I think Walcott also has more to offer, sure Townsend has a wicked left-foot which contains a lot of power and accuracy, but Walcott has more going forward and can finish and is a good enough crosser of the ball and can play-make. 

Walcott, for me should start for England and Townsend should be brought on as an impact sub.

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Andros Townsend
World Cup
Theo Walcott
England Football
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