Wayne Rooney will miss England’s final two games in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and Theo Walcott could be the one that replaces him in the starting XI.
Rooney picked up a minor injury in Manchester United’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal over the weekend and the reasoning in the England camp is that it’s not worth risking him since they have already qualified. With Rooney out, Roy Hodgson might move Walcott to play in a striker role instead of out wide.
Walcott is coming off several impressive performances for Arsenal in that striker role, and now he might get the chance for England as well.
“I have had to wait my time,” Walcott told The Guardian. “It has been well documented I have wanted to play up front and Arsenal have given me the opportunity, which is great. It is taking that form into England and trying to stay there, that is the next goal in my career.
“I’ve played up front for Arsenal, so there’s an opportunity there, but again I can operate on the right, which I’ve been doing most of my career. Harry Kane has done very well for England. Danny Ings has come in and Jamie Vardy is the leading English goalscorer in the Premier League. We’re all completely different players so they are great options for a manager to have.”
England takes on Estonia at home on Friday and then head out to play Lithuania on the road on Monday. Having already qualified, Hodgson has said that he will experiment a little and give some other players a look.