Gareth Southgate Reveals Theo Walcott Threw Wobbler After Being Excluded By England On His Birthday

Chris Wright

17th, March 2017



Gareth Southgate has revealed that Theo Walcott threw a bit of a wobbler when he learned that he’d missed out on a place in the latest England squad – and on his birthday of all days.

While there were surprise call-ups for the likes of Michail Antonio, Michael Keane, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse and Jake Livermore, Southgate decided against including Walcott, who was busy eating jelly and ice-cream and playing pass the parcel when the call came from the England boss.

As quoted by the Mirror, Southgate said:

I’ve got to say Theo wasn’t chuffed to bits to get the call. And I understand that

Quite rightly, he said, ‘I’m one of the leading goal-scorers in the league’.

I don’t mind being challenged on that at all. I totally respect that. I don’t expect him to be happy.

But I’ve got to make decisions and I think it was the right think to call him to talk that through — even though the timing probably wasn’t great.

For the record, Walcott is currently 20th in the official 2016/17 Premier League top goalscorers list with eight goals to his name – the last of which came in December.

Miffed as he well may be, wethinks he shall not be terribly missed.

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  1. gamblino says:

    “I’m one of the leading goalscorers”!! hahaha

    He really is made for Aresnal!

  2. Roger Phillips says:

    More accurately, he is tied for fifth of those available to play for England and the top out and out winger.

  3. come on son says:

    what has ward-prowse done to be in over walcott? fucking joke

  4. Archer says:

    Whilst I don’t think Walcott necessarily deserves a place in the squad, it’s more of the same dross from Southgate.

    Many more years of hurt to come…

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