Walcott wants to be a winnerůwith the Under-21s
By Rob Casey
Thursday 25 Jun 2009 00:05:00
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The talk before the tournament was whether Stuart Pearce would be able to call on the established senior international Theo Walcott to boost his Under-21s team. Not whether the Arsenal youngster would be good enough to play.


But that’s the current situation, and no-one really feels, Theo especially, that he isn’t. However, Pearce’s policy of team selection has helped the forward feel the need to prove himself all over again, and now he certainly has the will to win with the Under-21s. Article continues below



“Everyone wants to win the competition, you don't want to be second - you want to go on holiday after as a winner,” he told the BBC.


But after a conspicuously sub-standard performance in the tight opening win over Finland, Walcott was dropped against Spain.


“I just wanted to be shown a little bit of support for being here,” added Walcott. “But it was the manager's decision and it worked out to be the right one because we won the game in the end.”


Theo made a telling contribution coming on as a substitute and making the second goal for James Milner.


“I let my feet do the talking,” he said of the 2-0 victory.


“People probably saw me around and about and I wasn't too happy obviously because I came here to play.


“If you are not disappointed there is something wrong, you're just here for the social. You've got to be angry coming on the pitch. You don't want to be too angry and get sent off but hopefully I'll be at it on Friday.”


Walcott made another substitute appearance in the 1-1 draw with Germany. However, this was more to do with giving him a suitable blend of rest and tournament experience, suggesting that Pearce intends to give him a starting role in Friday’s semi-final against Sweden.


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