Arsenal winger Walcott ready to compete for England place

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has insisted he is happy to fight for his place in the England team amid increased competition under Roy Hodgson, the Daily Mail has reported.

Walcott has suffered extensive injury problems since January 2014, missing almost a full year after he was injured against Tottenham Hotspur and suffering a second problem that ruled him out for a month shortly after he made his return for Arsene Wenger’s side.

The 26-year-old has struggled to hold down a place under Wenger thanks to his lengthy injury-enforced absences and faces heavy competition at international level as well, but is ready to prove he deserves to remain a fixture under Hodgson.

“Bring it on,” Walcott said when asked about the fight with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck. “Competition is always going to be there anyway. I’ve been there from 17-years-old and I’ve manage to get through it now and then.

“Competition is healthy. We want as a nation for all the players to be playing well,” he continued. It’s only going to spur you on and make you a better player.”

Walcott has been involved with the senior international set-up since he was a teenager, called in to England’s 2006 World Cup squad by then-manager Sven-Goran Eriksson without making an appearance in the tournament. He has gone on to earn 37 caps, scoring five goals.

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