Gary Lim: Make use of your chance, Walcott
Theo Walcott was once the target for every Premiership heavyweight.
When it became clear at 16 years old that he was leaving Southampton, the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur made a beeline for his signature.
His dazzling pace made heads turn, and his willingness to take on defenders was a rare trait among English players.
England believed they had a new Michael Owen and so did then-manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who handed Walcott his senior debut in 2006, making him England’s youngest senior player at 17 years and 75 days.
As the Three Lions prepare for tomorrow morning’s (Singapore time) international friendly against Italy, Walcott, 26, stands exactly where he was about nine years ago -- on the fringe of the England manager’s plans, writes Gary Lim.
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