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Theo Walcott

Theo James Walcott (born 16 March 1989) is an English association football of Jamaican descent who plays for Arsenal F.C. and the England national football team. Walcott is a product of the Southampton F.C. Academy. Theo Walcott is a forward (association football) who is usually deployed on the Midfielder Winger as a wide forward to exploit Theo Walcott speed. Walcott won the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2006.

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Theo Walcott biography


Theo James Walcott (born 16 March 1989) is an English association football of Jamaican descent who plays for Arsenal F.C. and the England national football team. Walcott is a product of the Southampton F.C. Academy. Theo Walcott is a forward (association football) who is usually deployed on the Midfielder Winger as a wide forward to exploit Theo Walcott speed. Walcott won the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2006.

Theo Walcott was the subject of worldwide media attention, following Theo Walcott shock inclusion to the 2006 FIFA World Cup squads .C2.A0England manager Pep Guardiola declaring that “you would need a pistol to stop him.” Theo Walcott has been likened by Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger to Walcott's teammate, Thierry Henry. FIFA World Player of the Year winner Lionel Messi has described Walcott as "one of the most dangerous players I have ever played against."

Club career

Early career

Walcott was born in Stanmore, London, but grew up in Compton, Berkshire. Theo Walcott attended Compton Church of England Primary School and The Downs School (Berkshire), playing football for the local village team and later for A.F.C. Newbury. Walcott scored more than 100 goals in Theo Walcott one and only season for Newbury, before leaving there for Swindon Town F.C.. Theo Walcott spent only six months there before leaving for Southampton after Theo Walcott rejected a chance to join Chelsea F.C.. Nike, Inc. agreed to a sponsorship deal with Walcott when Theo Walcott was fourteen years old.

Southampton

In the 2004-05 in English football season, Theo Walcott starred in the Southampton youth side that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup Final Squads 2004/05: Ipswich Town v. Southampton (1-0, 2-2) against Ipswich Town F.C.. In addition, Theo Walcott became the youngest person to play in the Southampton reserve team at 15 years and 175 days, when Theo Walcott came off the bench against Watford F.C. in September 2004. However, Theo Walcott did not play in the Premier League, as Southampton were relegated to the Football League Championship at the end of the 2004–05 season. The original fee was payable by instalments – £5 million down, £5 million based on club appearances and £2 million based on England appearances – but was revised to a total of £9.1 million by a compromise settlement agreed on 31 March 2008. Theo Walcott signed an initial pre-contract agreement to sign a professional contract on Theo Walcott 17th birthday on 16 March 2006, and was given the number 32 shirt in the process.

2006–07 season

Following Theo Walcott surprise and controversial selection in the England squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Walcott made Theo Walcott Premier League debut on 19 August 2006, the first day of the 2006-07 FA Premier League season, coming on as a substitute against Aston Villa F.C. and setting up a goal for Gilberto Silva.

Theo Walcott UEFA Champions League debut came in the second leg of Arsenal's third qualifying round match against NK Dinamo Zagreb, where Walcott became the youngest ever Arsenal player to appear in European competition, a record previously held by Cesc Fàbregas, and since beaten by Jack Wilshere. Within minutes of coming on, Walcott received Theo Walcott first Penalty card Yellow card in Arsenal colours for taking a shot several seconds after the referee had already blown for Offside (association football). During stoppage time, Theo Walcott cross beat the Dinamo defence and Mathieu Flamini scored, giving Walcott a record of two assists in two substitute appearances. Theo Walcott first start came in a home league game against Watford F.C. on 14 October 2006. Walcott's exploits with Arsenal and with the England team earned Theo Walcott the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award at the end of 2006.

Walcott's first goal for Arsenal came in the Football League Cup Final 2007 against Chelsea F.C. at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on 25 February 2007, but Theo Walcott eleventh minute strike was overshadowed by events later on in the match as Didier Drogba scored twice to give Chelsea a 2–1 victory and three players were Red card (sports) following a mass brawl. A persistent shoulder injury limited Theo Walcott performance, and Arsene Wenger even went to the extent of saying that the injury forced Theo to perform up to only 50% of Theo Walcott abilities.

2007–08 season

Walcott's first home goals were scored in a UEFA Champions League match against Slavia Prague, which Arsenal F.C. won 7–0, as well as setting up a goal for Fàbregas. Walcott scored Theo Walcott first two Premier league goals in a 2–2 draw against Birmingham City F.C. at St Andrews (stadium) on 23 February 2008. Theo Walcott finished the 2007-08 in English football with seven goals from all competitions. In the Champions League quarterfinal against Liverpool on 8 April, Walcott made a run from inside Theo Walcott own half down the length of the pitch, beating the Liverpool back four to set up Emmanuel Adebayor's last minute equaliser, however, Arsenal were subsequently beaten 4–2. Later that season, Arsene Wenger claimed that Walcott was finally able to make Theo Walcott shift from a boy, to a man, and shall soon be a monster.

2008–09 season

Following comparisons to former team-mate Thierry Henry, During the season, Walcott established himself as a first team regular, starting many games on the right midfield or winger. In September 2008, Arsène Wenger confirmed that Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool were all interested in signing Walcott as a 16-year-old. On Saturday 18 October 2008, Walcott scored Theo Walcott first Premier League goal of the season against Everton F.C, scoring the third and final goal in the match, which Arsenal won 3–1 despite going behind to a Leon Osman goal. Three days later, Walcott scored Arsenal's second goal in a 5–2 win away to Fenerbahçe S.K., rounding the keeper before tucking the ball away from a tight angle.

On 18 November 2008, Walcott dislocated Theo Walcott right shoulder while training with England for a friendly against Germany. Theo Walcott made a full recovery by April 2009, scoring against Wigan to equalise before starting the second leg tie against Villarreal C.F., where Theo Walcott scored in the 10th minute after receiving a pass from captain Fàbregas and flicking the ball over the goalkeeper. Arsenal won 4–1 on aggregate.

In the next match, an FA Cup Semi-Final against Chelsea F.C., Walcott put Arsenal ahead in the first half, although they eventually lost 2–1. Three days later, Walcott came off to the bench to run half the length of the field before squaring for Andrei Arshavin to put Arsenal 4–3 up against Liverpool in the 91st minute, although the match finished 4–4. In May 2009 Theo Walcott signed a new long term contract with Arsenal.

2009–10 season

Walcott's 2009–10 season was marred by injuries. Theo Walcott suffered from shoulder, back, knee and hamstring problems which restricted Theo Walcott to only 15 starts for Arsenal. Theo Walcott did not complete 90 minutes until 9 December 2009. On 6 March 2010, Walcott scored Theo Walcott second goal of the season against Burnley F.C. in a 3–1 victory to give Arsenal a decisive lead, with a left-footed effort from the edge of the box, after cutting inside from the right flank. Walcott's appearance was the turning point in Arsenal's draw with Barcelona during the first leg of the Champions League. Due to this Arsène Wenger, after much debate, started Walcott for the second leg. Theo Walcott appearance did not reward Theo Walcott with any goals but did however contribute to the set up for Nicklas Bendtner to put Arsenal up.

2010–11 season

Walcott's start to the 2010–11 Premier League was particularly successful, winning EA SPORTS Player of the Month in August by a landslide. On 21 August 2010, Walcott scored the first hat-trick of Theo Walcott club career after Theo Walcott netted three against newly promoted Blackpool F.C. in a 6–0 home win, coming in just the second game of the 2010-11 Premier League. At the beginning of the 2010–11 in English football Walcott had a remarkably high goalscoring record; after playing Newcastle United F.C. on 28 October 2010, it was calculated that Walcott had scored an average of 1 goal for every 48 minutes of playing time.
On 27 December 2010, Theo Walcott scored a goal and made an assist to help beat Chelsea F.C. 3–1 in a crucial win which, according to manager, Arsène Wenger was a "must-win" game.

After an FA Cup third round match against Leeds United A.F.C. on 8 January 2011, Walcott admitted diving in the last minute of the game in an attempt to win a penalty kick. The penalty was not awarded, though Walcott was fouled soon after the dive, winning a legitimate penalty which was converted by Cesc Fabregas, securing a draw for Arsenal and a Replay (sports) of the fixture – which Arsenal then won. On 21 February, during the 1–0 victory against Stoke City F.C., Walcott had twisted Theo Walcott leg on the turf which left Theo Walcott with an ankle injury. This ruled Theo Walcott out of the 2011 Football League Cup Final and the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League knockout phase, second-leg against Barcelona FC. On the last day of the 2010–11 season, Walcott came off the bench to score the equaliser in a 2–2 draw away to Fulham. Theo Walcott ended the season with a career high of 9 goals in the Premier League and 13 goals in all competitions.

2011–12 season

On 16 August, Walcott scored Theo Walcott first goal of the season in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League qualifying match against Udinese, giving a vital 1–0 win to Arsenal to carry on into the second leg of the tie. Walcott scored again in the second leg and helped Arsenal secure qualification for the lucrative group stage of the competition for the 14th straight season. In the 8–2 defeat at Manchester United, Walcott scored the first Arsenal goal of their 2011–12 Premier League campaign. Theo Walcott netted Theo Walcott fourth goal on 29 October against Chelsea where Theo Walcott picked up the ball on the wing, slipped, then got up and jinked past two Chelsea players before scoring.

Walcott scored Theo Walcott first goal of 2012 in the 3–2 defeat at Swansea City A.F.C., chipping the ball over Swans goalkeeper Michel Vorm. On 4 February 2012, Theo Walcott was involved in the build-up for three goals in the 7–1 home victory against Blackburn Rovers F.C., setting up two goals for Robin van Persie and one for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. After the match, Arsene Wenger lavished praise on Theo Walcott and said that Theo Walcott is "currently the best winger in the EPL". On 26 February Theo Walcott scored two goals in the North London derby as Arsenal defeated neighbours Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 5–2.

International career

Walcott came on as a second half substitute on 25 May 2006 for the England B national football team team against Belarus national football team and was a shock inclusion in Sven-Göran Eriksson's 30-player preliminary England national football team squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, announced on 8 May 2006. When the final 23-man team was announced later that month, Theo Walcott made the cut and was given the number 23. Even with first-choice strikers Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen both recovering from injury, Walcott was selected over established Premier League strikers Darren Bent (the highest-scoring English forward in the Premier League in the 2005-06 in English football), Andrew Johnson (English footballer) (the top English goalscorer in the Premier League in the 2004-05 in English football), Dean Ashton (like Bent, already an established player at England national under-21 football team level) and Jermain Defoe. On 30 May 2006, Theo Walcott became England national football team records by appearing in a 3–1 exhibition game win over Hungary national football team at Old Trafford aged 17 years and 75 days. Eriksson defended Theo Walcott decision, claiming that the experience would serve Walcott well for future tournaments. Despite being one of only two fully fit strikers in the England squad (the other being Peter Crouch), Theo Walcott did not play during the tournament.

After the World Cup, Eriksson quit as England manager. New appointment Steve McClaren put Walcott into the England Under-21s, claiming Theo Walcott was "toughening up" on Theo Walcott squad selections. On 15 August, Walcott became the youngest player ever to score for the England national Under-21 football team when Theo Walcott scored the opener after three minutes in England's 2–2 draw with Moldova at Ipswich Town F.C.'s ground Portman Road. The game against Moldova was Theo Walcott first cap for the England Under-21s.

Walcott scored two goals against Germany national under-21 football team to seal qualification for England to the Under-21 European Championships, in the playoff second leg in October 2006, with Theo Walcott second drawing comparisons with Thierry Henry.

On 6 September 2008, Walcott made Theo Walcott first competitive start in a World Cup qualifier against Andorra national football team, and in the following match against Croatia national football team on 10 September Theo Walcott opened Theo Walcott senior international goals tally and became the youngest player in history to score a hat-trick for England.

Over the summer of 2009, Walcott participated in England Under-21 team's European Cup campaign despite protestations from Theo Walcott club manager, Arsène Wenger. Wenger complained that Walcott's participation in the tournament as well as matches with the senior squad would lead to burn out and injury.

Walcott returned to the international fold on 3 March 2010 in a friendly against Egypt. It was Theo Walcott first international start for nine months. Theo Walcott faded after a bright start and was replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips after 57 minutes as England recovered from a goal down to beat Egypt 3–1 at Wembley. Theo Walcott performance came under heavy criticisms from Chris Waddle who said of Walcott, "I've never seen Theo Walcott develop. Theo Walcott just doesn't understand the game for me – where to be running, when to run inside a full back, when to just play a one-two. It's all off the cuff. I just don't think he's got a football brain and he's going to have problems. Let's be honest, good defenders would catch Theo Walcott offside every time." On 4 July, a few days after England's exit from the World Cup, Lionel Messi said that Theo Walcott was shocked by Walcott's exclusion as Theo Walcott believed that Walcott could have made the difference against Germany national football team and Algeria national football team. In January 2011, Capello admitted that Theo Walcott had made a mistake in not selecting Walcott for the 2010 World Cup.

In the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Switzerland national football team on 7 September, Walcott was stretchered off after Theo Walcott was clipped in the build-up to Wayne Rooney's opener for England after 10 minutes, putting Theo Walcott out of action for several weeks.

International goals



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