Stuart Pearce strongly stated this week that Theo Walcott has wasted the chances he could have had for England in tournaments since being called up by Sven-Göran Eriksson in 2006.
However, are these comments fair?
Theo Walcott’s Mother has already spoken out in defense of her son, and I think she has a point. Walcott has never turned down the opportunity to play for England and has always seemed like one of those who gives his all and takes pride in playing for his country out of the current crop of players.
He’s experienced the development of the England squad over six years, even if that hasn’t always been progressive. At just 23, I feel he has a strong future. He’s really ready to kick on now and hopefully reach the heights that were originally hoped for him. People forget that for many, this is the age when players break onto the International scene, but Walcott did that a long time ago.
Walcott has missed out on another European Championship due to England failing to qualify, while the absence from U21 and U20 squads are because of his duties for the senior team. More so, the Olympic squad had agreed to include no outfield players who played at Euro 2012 for England. Pearce has had a tough week, and his comments were harsh and reckless.