Walcott underlines England commitment

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Theo Walcott would be willing "to die for England" and play for the Under-21s in next summer's European Championships in Sweden.

England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has made no secret of his desire to take the Arsenal forward to the finals and Walcott insists he would be more than happy to play.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "If you get called for England, you would die for England."

The 19-year-old made his first major impact on the international scene when he scored a hat-trick in England's 4-1 defeat of Croatia in September.

Now Walcott feels he is an integral part of the national set-up after his shock call-up by Sven-Goran Eriksson for the 2006 World Cup ended without any involvement in Germany.

"It feels like I'm more part of the squad now," he said.

The former Southampton player is determined to make the most of his career, refusing to be sidetracked by celebrity.

"My career is short, I know that. You don't want to waste it, you want to reach your top level," he said.

"I don't go to nightclubs. They're not for me - it doesn't interest me whatsoever.

"I don't see the point."

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