Injuries force Hodgson to consider Walcott as centre forward

Theo Walcott’s playing position was the subject of much discussion during his contract negotiations with his club and it seems as if the winger will get his chance to play in his preferred position for his country after a number of injuries forced England manager Roy Hodgson to rethink his formation.

Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe is struggling with a knee injury and could only be fit for the bench while Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge will not take any part after damaging his ankle ligaments against the Republic of Ireland. Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck is also a doubt with a thigh problem and will face a late fitness test after he limped out of training on Friday night.

Andy Carroll has already withdrawn from the squad while Walcott’s Arsenal teammate, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is struggling with a calf problem.

Walcott trains ahead of England's friendly v Brazil
Walcott trains ahead of England’s friendly v Brazil

Walcott played up front during training on Friday, and speaking to the press, he said

“It will be fantastic. I said I wanted to play up front.

“People say I have played up front, but I have had limited opportunities this year I have played on the wing and got most of my goals from there.

“Playing for England in any position is a dream.

“The manager picks the team and whoever plays will go out and do a job and hope to win. I have had a go in training, so we will see.

“I think I am the top English scorer in the Premier League, my confidence is good and that was from playing on the wing. I will play anywhere for club and country and the goal-scoring side of things have got much better.”


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Lee Hurley

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