Arsenal Latest News: THEO WALCOTT was last night warned by boss Roy Hodgson his England career was in danger of stalling.
Injury-plagued Walcott has found it tough to break back into the the gunners team after ten months out with a serious knee injury.
The winger has made just three Premier League starts this season and none in Europe.
He has not featured for his country since a game in Ukraine over 18 months ago. Walcott is in Hodgson’s squad for tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.
But the Three Lions boss admitted it could be tough for Walcott to reclaim a regular international place with so much new talent bursting through.
"There’s always that risk," said Hodgson. "That’s the thing about football, isn’t it ? "If you’re not careful, there’s always someone behind you waiting to take your place.
"It’s a dog-eat-dog world, a bit. Through no fault of your own you can be injured. But then
suddenly your position, which had looked very secure, six months down
the line is not so secure.
"That is the life. That’s something all footballers learn to live with.
"He’s been with me in my three years without necessarily playing the main figure. "He’s always been there in the background.
"Whenever we thought we could use him, he’s got injured again.
got to satisfy a few of his critics and make certain he stays fit and
gets his place back as one of the first names on the Arsenal teamsheet.
"When he does that, he might be pushing for a first name on the England team sheet."
Walcott’s future at the Gunners looks increasingly uncertain, with
Liverpool keeping a close eye on developments at The Emirates with
Raheem Sterling’s future still in doubt.
Yesterday Walcott - whose
Arsenal contract will have a year to run come the summer - muddied the
waters by disputing claims from Wenger that discussion about a new deal had already started.
Tweeting to deny allegations of a bust-up with the Frenchman, the
26-year-old said: “There have been no contract talks as yet and my
current focus is not on contracts but doing my best for Arsenal.”
That flew in the face of what Wenger’s assertion talks had begun due to over-long negotiations last time around.
Wenger said: “We’ve started very early with him. He’s very quick on the pitch, but off the pitch, not always.”