Theo Walcott will not be involved in this summer’s World Cup.
Following an indifferent season for Arsenal and recent lackluster shows for his country, Walcott has been omitted from England’s final 23-man squad.
A surprise inclusion for Germany 2006 at just 17 years of age, Walcott is now the surprise exclusion for South Africa 2010 after showing much excitement at the prospect of participating in the summer’s big event.
According to reports, Walcott received a phone call from Fabio Capello about the unfortunate news while he was on the golf course earlier today and in a public statement, the 21-year-old reacted in a professional manner.
“I am very disappointed not to be included in the squad going out to South Africa, but completely respect Mr Capello’s decision”
“I would like to wish the team the best of luck and hope they have a really successful tournament.”
The omission of Theo comes as an end to a generous relationship with Fabio Capello which saw the England manager hand the Arsenal forward persistent chances on international level – ever since Walcott netted a hattrick against Croatia to fire up England’s qualifying campaign in 2008.
The news also means that for the first time ever, Arsenal will have no English representative at the World Cup.