Sunday, 12 October 2008

Arsenal Starlet Walcott: 'Its Been The Same Old Theo Since The Croatia Game'

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has asked for patience from England fans after failing to find the net in the 5-1 World Cup qualifying against Kazakhstan at Wembley on Saturday.

Following the 19-year-old’s stunning hat-trick against Croatia in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in England’s last group 6 match, expectations were high that Walcott would follow his first goals for his country against the Croatian’s with more against World Cup minnows Kazakhstan.

However, the former Southampton player had a frustrating time against a spirited Kazkhstan side and was replaced by England icon David Beckham in the 79th minute, despite having some bright moments in a dour first half for England.

“I knew the fans would probably expect me to get another hat-trick, but it's not going to happen every game,” Walcott said.

“I just have to work hard and play as well as I can for the team - that is all you can do. Some fans know that. Some fans want you to push on, but I've got plenty of time.

“Sometimes if it's not going for you it's not going to be your day. I take my positives out of the Kazakhstan game and concentrate on Belarus on Wednesday.

“It's been the same old Theo since the Croatia game.

“Nothing has changed at all. I'm just going to train really hard and try to play well - and Mr Capello will pick the team.”

LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham was full of praise for Walcott, with the former Manchester United player insisting that the Gunners speedster is an exceptional talent.

“Theo has been great and he played well again. You can see what a threat he is every time he gets the ball and runs at players," said Beckham.

“There is no one that can get near him. He deserves to be where he is, and I hope he carries on - because he is an exceptional talent.”

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