Wenger 'happy' with Walcott England call-up despite injury concerns

Theo Walcott 2-0 Gesture v Tottenham

Roy Hodgson claims Arsene Wenger is fully behind the decision to call Theo Walcott into the England team.

Roy Hodgson has selected his England squad for the upcoming fixtures with Slovenia and Scotland this month, with the odd surprise thrown in.

He has left Glen Johnson out of the team, instead preferring Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne. There is also a first call-up for Saido Berahino - who has been in great form for West Brom this term.

Meanwhile two old heads in the team have been recalled after spells out with injury, Michael Carrick and Theo Walcott.

Carrick only recently returned from a foot problem while Walcott has barely played since hurting his knee in January. The cruciate ligament tear ruled him out for the second half of last season as well as the summer's World Cup. He only recently made his comeback, which led some to believe Arsenal might ask for him to sit out on this occasion.

However Hodgson clearly decided he wanted him in the team - and he also claims that Arsene Wenger is behind the decision.

When asked about the selection of Walcott he made it clear that Wenger, a notoriously unhappy with international coaches type of boss, was 'happy' for Walcott to take part.

Hodgson himself admitted he will need to work for his place after so long out of action - confirming there were no guarantees over minuted between club, country and player.

Wenger is happy for now Roy, just make sure Walcott is sent back to Arsenal in one piece.

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