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Is Theo Walcott Worth The Salt?

The shocking news from England is the suprise inclusion of Theo in England squad for the world cup.

Theo is a good player no doubt.

He was shocked as well.

I was expecting somebody like Darren Bent to be included.

how could a Coach leave a 22 goal a season Sriker for a young Arsenal boy who played just one premiership match. I can't believe this.

What do you think guys?

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Correct.I think they are over hyped.

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sven paid for his mistakes dearly

like puttin rooney as a lone striker up front

subbin walcott when he cud av been doubled with lennon

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Enland plus their hype could not hold water period!

What do you expect from a team with all injured forwards? SVen blundered Eriksson part 2,3 and 4

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This is what Owen has to say on Thoe's inclusion: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2002390000-2006310458,00.html

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No matter what we say about formations or the competence of Sven,there is a point that has eluded many in this debate-English players are not as good as the hype suggests.Sven has taken them as far they deserve.

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true talk mocha, the dude is simply unimaginative, just play all the 'stars' and england will play well. brazil also tried it, and failded

in my opinion, gerrard should've been played with lampard coming off the bench, maybe someone like carrick playing a holding role.

sven will never change his spots, he is just a conservative cold chicken swede with no stomach for adventure

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Fair point, however a "good" coach will still put together a good team even if he has average players. England was simply disjointed. However its all water under the bridge.

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Meaning he takes the "safe" route until he has no choice even if the "safe" route is not working. I.e. Keeping Gerrard and Lampard in the team together even though it will make more sense to drop one for a true DM and retain the balance of the team in a 4-4-2 while ensuring that your striker is not alone up front.

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mocafella

what do you mean by balls of surprise

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the refreee was right to have sent rooney off,

he may have given him just a yellow card for steppin on someone's balls, but he went further to shove c.ronaldo,

thats a red card, that shows no remorse, its time he drank the mature medicine,

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erm, I don't think Sven has the balls for a surprise.

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When it comes to Rooney I always put Disunited as a team aside.

For sure Kola! Rooney deserved another card but not red.

Thats Rooney in real and how he does it in Man U. Ok, he pushed Ronaldo at the glare of cameras and the ref but that red was not justified unless he said something to the ref which I dont think he did.

I understood Rooney's frustrations since he was up- front alone and that resulted into his nasty antics and as a ref he should have read btn lines. the man was frustrated.

Instead of crouch Sven should have tried Walcott as a surprise and am sure England would have won.

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There was no mistake in taking Theo to the world cup. The boy is an immense talent. JENAS had no business being in the squad, there was more than enough cover in midfield. Defoe should have been in for Jenas.

Most importantly Theo is smarter than Rooney and in the future, during crunch games England will rely on Theo rather than the temperemental and unstable Rooney.

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The ref was spot on, indisciplined players who can't channel their agression properly should be punished, and that is exactly what happened to rooney. even if he wasn't sent off, sven would never have played walcott, he's just tooo conservatiove to make an imaginative/risky move like that

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The Referee that carded Rooney wasn't right.

I still have doubts the Ref saw the incident with Carvalho. What infuriated the Ref was when Rooney pushed Ronaldo.

If he carded Rooney because he shoved Ronaldo then the Referee deserves to be castrated.

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I cant stop laughing.

Theo went to Germany on Holiday.

Which Referee are you talking about?

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if the referee hasnt red carded rooney for just touching ronaldo then theo would have played

the officials in this worlcd cup are a bunch of jokers!

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I wonder why Erikson included Theo in his team list

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theo walcott is playing in today's match and he's gonna make an impact, he may score,

its sven's joker, come to think of it the real joker here is sven

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it wasn't that he wasn't good enough, arsenal were fighting for their lives, it would have been unfair to theo to put him into such a pressure cooker condition and expect him to perform, if it was another point in the season, he wd've played. sven had his chance to look at him and decide, so if he knew wasnt going to play him, he shouldnt have taken him

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If he's not good enough to be fielded by Mr Wenger, how come Sven will use him.

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This man Sven just blundered Erikkson.

Why carry Walcott and not use him?

Now, if he has not used him in preliminaries does he want to gamble in Q finals?

He has wasted our lad and am not happy.

Rooney stepped on him with his elephantiasis hooves and completely injured him.

Theo take heart even Fabregas,Luca Toni,Rooney have so far disappointed.The world cup is for the experienced like Patrick Vieirra

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no doubt, who else would he speak to if not the man who decided to spend 5m on a 16 yr old?

Wenger obviously sees something in theo, and sven wanted to know what it was, by the way even wenger said he was suprised by walcott's inclusion

enough conspiracy/influence theories. if sven fails its because of his actions, not because he was influenced by the FA, Dein or Wenger.

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i insist, if he's forced to take a player he is ot worth his salt, yeah mourinho was pressured, did he budge? If sven was 'pressured' into taking walcott (which i don't think is the case), he doesn't have the guts to be england coach. besides being the coach of brazil is arguably more difficult than being england coach, so if scolari handled brazillian pressure, he can handle english pressure.

besides you're mixing up the issues, no-one was hyping walcott before the world up ( even though wenger told sven to consider him), the guy just wanted to seem progressive and 'adventurous'. so it wasnt press pressure that made sven pick theo, besides he hasnt even put the boy on the field yet, at the rate he's going he probably won't till england is losing and there's 10 minutes left, or if rooney and crouch also get injured/suspended

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I guess its open to speculation, whether it was Dein or Wenger if Sven was pressured, it shows what little strength of character he has, i can't imagine anyone pressuring Luiz Felipe Scolari into playing anyone, good thing sven is on his way out

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Sven actually speak to Mr wenger before taking him to Germany.

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It was that Naughty Person David Dein that pressured SVEN into the freaky idea.

Thank God he's been voted off the FA board.

I hate his guts

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Maybe him or David Dein [ i hope Gunners will not linch me here]

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the invisible hand being Wenger right?

I think sven was just trying to appear to be an adventurous coach, but he's shown that he is exactly the opposite. I hope they give the boy a chance to play though, even if just for 15 mins or something. I always felt it was a bad gamble to carry 2 semi-injured strikers out of the 4 you have t the world cup. defore should definitely have been included, at least he has some international experience, the england team is too midfield heavy, they could have dropped downing or jenas and added defoe.

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I can see some invicible hand that compel Sven to include Theo.

Daren Bent is by far qualify to be included in that squad.

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@ Akola,

I am not even blaming Sven Goatie Eriksson for taking Theo Walcott to the world cup but why leave him on the bench especially when Owen is now ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

Eriksson should start playing the traditional 4-4-2 cos the 4-1-4-1 formation will not work against a mentally-fit Portugese side.

I think Sven goofed it by dropping Defoe for Walcott but he should be prepared to take risks and play Walcott in subsequent matches.

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In a recent interview, Shaun Wright-Phillips told the whole world that Sven categorically told him that he's not going to the world cup because he(Shaun) did not play enough matches.

He's now asking the Coach " How many matches does Theo walcott play in the premiership?"

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not bad, but there are buts

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His short video:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/56388/theo_walcott/

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yea he plays good football

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@Badman888

u mean he play good football?

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the guy is quite aite, watched his video, you guys can check it out

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1120413272462283606&q=theo+walcot

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thanks nightrider lets wait and see

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bros exactly,

besides walcott is a gunner, gunners are dangerous. ( ok biased)

But they guy has the speed to rplace rooney. Ericksson watched him in training, Ericksson must have seen something . And what he saw must have been so promising he took a gamble on darren bent. Lets wait to see what Ericksson saw

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I will blame the defence is very bad look at those chick goals, theyshould have change the keeper when theyknow that is just recovering and they know they are playing in the final.

As for walcot lets wait and see may this is his own year, if is not good they wont have choose him

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Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen are two of the greatest talents England has produced for a generation.

Both found international glory early in their careers and, though still relatively young in footballing terms, they have become established global stars in the game.

And now Theo Walcott has join them on the list of prodigious England strikers.

The 17-year-old Arsenal player was chosen for the World Cup squad on Monday and could become the youngest ever player to represent his country if, as expected, he features in the friendly against Hungary at the end of May.

The likes of Rooney and Owen have been put in at young ages, maybe if he could do something they’ve been doing in their careers he might go far.   

Owen came on the scene at the last World Cup to be held in Europe  France ’98 — when he scored an incredible goal against Argentina.

Wayne Rooney shone at Euro 2004.

I believe he is going to prove it to the world that what Owen and rooney did is what he is going to do just that if not better.

I trust Wenger too!

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I dont blame him but I sympathised with him cos he was sick. They could have gotten another one not him.

As for theo i have not seen him play but I have read he is the bomb. I trust Wenger!

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@ Prisccy,

Why blame that goalie?

He was Boro's saviour as he made saves after saves.

Boro's defence was shambolic and the defenders were just mere spectators.

Any goalie will conceed goals if the defence leaks like Boro's defence did last night.

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From the two lessons I learnt in that UEFA cup final of Sevilla and Middlebrough its not worthy to try on new players in bigger matches or even force the injured man to play.

One might pay the ultimate price just like that injured ( masked)middle brough goalie

was to blame for all goals.

In that case England can still win worldcup without Rooney and Walcott.

But it was A good gamble as I trust Wenger boys and Walcott might be a surprise package for England.

On Rooney am happy he attended a rooster tail without his boots and I believe all is well now.

England now has 1/4 of my support because of those Arsenal players.

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@ Akola,

As much as i am an ardent Man Utd fan, i think Eriksson's decision was spot-on.

Luiz Ronaldo of Brazil went to USA 94 @ 18 years without kicking a ball but the experience moulded him to become the greatest striker the game has ever produced.

Lets hope Walcott will develop in the same manner. WALCOTT's age is another big factor here. He's always going to have a surprise package in him than a Darren Bent we already know what he is capable of.

I support Walcott's call-up just like i backed up Eguavoen's inclusion of Mikel Obi at the last CAN 2006.

Lets give these lil' boys a chance to express 'emselves.

I'm out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Both England and Ericksson are just taking a huge risk with the selction of their stickers, they run the risk of taking two world class but half fit strickers to Germany (Rooney and Owen) in addition to Crouch and Walcott who are hugely unexpericenced and to me lack the pedigree to perform in the world cup, personally I would have preferred Defoe and Bent to this two but the truth is dat stricker or no stricker, England has a superb midfield with the likes of Lampard and Gerrad who have above 40 goals between them this season and as such can deliver the goods if the need arises.

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I agree a bit with mocha, Sven has nothing to lose now, afterall he knows job don finish after world cup, win or no win. The team is definitely lacking strikers, if you ask me he shdve taken Defoe or Bent as well as Walcott, Crouch, Owen and Rooney. At least have another fit striker in the team, Rooney will probably not play till quarter/semis (assuming they go that far). My personal choice wdve been Defoe, he's performed reasonably well for England before, though this season was average. No doubt the hype about England players is too much, but there is some genuine talent in there, they have a very good chance, even without Rooney.

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I dont think the guy woudl even get an appearance Erickson just wants to be in the spotlight of the media before he goes,

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