How Much Will Theo Walcott’s Injury Affect England’s Tactics at World Cup?

By Juan Pablo Aravena
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England international and Arsenal’s star winger Theo Walcott suffered an ACL injury that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season in what was a devastating story for England fans all over the world.

The fast-paced player will surely be a huge loss for his team down the stretch in the Premier League, but he will also be missed in the National Team since he won’t be able to participate in the upcoming World Cup in Brazil this year.

Luckily for England, however, there are players that can replace Theo Walcott in the final 23-man squad of Roy Hodgson.

Walcott was mainly used as a right attacking midfielder, but that ended up being a winger with little responsibility in the defensive side of the ball. Tottenham Hotspur stars Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend are two players that could adapt quickly to that role if they are given enough minutes with the National Team, something that has happened and apparently, Hogdson has them as probable elements to be in Brazil in June.

If the team wants to have a more conservative style and add more passing style to the midfielder, Southampton’s Adam Lallana and Manchester City’s James Milner are two more than valid alternatives. Lallana has thrived in a central role for So’ton this campaign, but he’s no stranger to play in the flank and while Milner is also a speedster, he can move towards the center of the pitch and even help in the defensive end if needed.

It’s no secret that Walcott’s absence will hurt England’s chances of making noise in the World Cup next year, but not everything is lost for The Three Lions. They still have enough players all over the pitch to make an impact in the competition.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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