Walcott wants to partner Rooney for England

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott is determined to impress England manager Roy Hodgson in training ahead of Wednesday’s friendly with Brazil and win a place alongside Wayne Rooney in the forward line, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Walcott has been used as a striker by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger this season and wants to take the same role for the national team, particularly with Jermain Defoe and Daniel Sturridge both missing from the match due to injuries suffered in Premier League fixtures at the weekend.

And Walcott feels he needs to make himself impossible for Hodgson to ignore between now and the time the team is named to play the five-time World Cup winners. He said: “ You need to get into the manager’s face at training.

I’ve been unlucky with injuries coming into the England set-up. It’s about getting into the manager’s face and proving how good you are. Brazil is one of those games that everyone wants to be part of – the opportunity to play against them and test yourself against the best. If I can produce the form I’m in for Arsenal, hopefully, that will make England a better team.

Walcott has been among the goals for the Gunners this season, scoring 18 times in 29 games, including four in his last five and a hat-trick against Newcastle United in late December. In the two England fixtures he has played in this season, however, Walcott has yet to score, having played half an hour as a substitute in the 5-0 win over Moldova and been withdrawn due to injury after 10 minutes of the 5-0 win over San Marino.

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