England should put faith in their younger generation insists Theo Walcott
As the World Cup qualifiers creep closer England will once again enter the competition with an under-powered squad. According to Roy Hodgson’s fears his side lacks in firepower and will have to trust in the younger generation for assistance in the attacking department. Wayne Rooney’s head injury means England will have to put its fate in the hands of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.
England forward Theo Walcott has backed the younger generation to take advantage of this chance to prove their mettle. The Arsenal winger believes this is the perfect opportunity England’s youngsters to post a memorable performance against Moldova and Ukraine at the World Cup qualifiers.
England manager Hodgson has called up Sturridge, Everton forward Ross Barkley and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend for the upcoming matches. Liverpool’s young star Raheem Sterling is also expected to be in action. Hodgson has time and again talked about the few options he has, which means it might be time for him to start putting his trust in a younger team.
“I came in at such a young age and I got a hat-trick against Croatia -- anyone could do that against Moldova and Ukraine,” Walcott said. “There are chances there to be taken. If you're good enough the manager is going to pick you. There's a good balance in the team now and that has started to show at Wembley. It's only going to be positive when you see these youngsters coming through.
“These guys are improving and they are playing really well for their clubs. You want to see the best young talents come through very early and they will only improve.”
Walcott believes the absence of Rooney can be filled in with other strikers. Rooney has been the main goal threat under a Three Lions jersey, but Walcott believes England has enough talent to bring out other top guns, especially against 123-ranked Moldova. Sturridge, who has scored three goals in three Premier League games, is in phenomenal form along with Welbeck and Rickie Lambert, both of whom scored on England’s previous outing.
“Wayne is an absolutely fantastic talent. He has had it for so many years and it's a shame he's not here,” Walcott said. “But we have got some players here that will now have the opportunity to come in and show what they can do and I think we will be absolutely fine.
“Hopefully Sturridge can shake off his injury and Rickie (Lambert) and Danny (Welbeck) have started off the season well.”