Considering how long he has been at the forefront of football in this country, it's easy to forget that Theo Walcott is still only 23, and it's amazing to think of how much he has already achieved in his career. However it's also fair to say that he has underwhelmed on many occasions, and there have been enough false dawns in the years he has being playing football to cause plenty of fans to lose patience with Walcott.
But right now his career is on an undeniably upward trajectory, with the forward having already picked up eleven goals and seven assists in the Premier League this season, and his future at Arsenal finally settled after constant speculation he would be leaving the club in the summer was put to be by a new three and a half year deal.
With his Arsenal future looking rosy, next on the agenda for Walcott is securing a place in England's first team, starting with this Wednesday's friendly against Brazil. Assuming he wants to play in a forward role for his country, his aims have been aided by the withdrawal of both Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe from the squad for the match. Given his excellent form and a relative lack of other options, it would be very surprising if Walcott didn't feature from the start at Wembley.
Clearly in the long term Walcott will be competing with plenty of players in the England set up, and he might worry Roy Hodgson's so far defensive approach to England's football might make it harder for him to get in the side. As such, this Wednesday will be an important opportunity for Walcott to demonstrate his ability.
Wayne Rooney is the first name on the team sheet in term of England's attacking options, and will likely continue to be so for the next few years. Proving he can play alongside the Manchester United striker successfully will perhaps be Walcott's first target, and if both he and Rooney start producing their club form on the national stage then England will have an attack for their fans to savour. Hopefully this Wednesday will be the start of Walcott's best days in an England shirt.
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