Theo Walcott reaches out to Bayern Munich attacker

Arjen Robben broke a speed record at the World Cup with Netherlands to become the world's fastest footballer, emulating Arsenal man's best.

Bayern Munich and Netherlands superstar Arjen Robben broke the record for world's fastest footballer as his sprint of 37 km/h, set during Holland's 5-1 rout over Spain last week, surpassed the previous best which had been established by Arsenal and England attacker Theo Walcott, who is recovering from a knee injury and so is unable to compete at the World Cup.

In his two World Cup appearances for the Dutch in Brazil so far, Robben has averaged 40 touches on the football, has an 81% passing accuracy, an 85% shooting accuracy, has created four goal-scoring opportunities and netted three times.

Whilst he is firmly in the mix to claim the Golden Boot prize, while Netherlands are now one of the favourites to lift the World Cup, it is Robben's speed record that has most interested Walcott - who now knows he is second best in this category.

Addressing the issue on Twitter, Walcott said: "Congratulations to [Arjen Robben for beating my clocked speed - speed matters."

However, perhaps in jest, he noted that Robben's record should perhaps be stricken as "it looked a bit downhill."

Netherlands complete their Group B fixtures with a must-see clash against Chile, who recently eliminated reigning World Cup holders Spain.

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