Arsenal star tweets his delight at England return

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott has been called up to the England squad upon approval from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has taken to social media site Twitter to share his delight at returning to the England set-up following his lengthy injury layoff.

He wrote on Friday: “Nice to be back with the England team and looking forward to being at Wembley tomorrow!”

The 25-year-old forward recently returned to action following a 10-month layoff from a knee injury sustained during the Gunners’ 2-0 FA Cup victory over rivals Spurs last January.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger eased him back in to training and subsequent first-team action with two late substitute appearances in the Premier League fixtures against Burnley and Swansea City.

Despite a lack of action, England boss Roy Hodgson was keen to call him up to the national team squad and Wenger agreed the extra training sessions would be good for his recovery.

The former Southampton youth product’s last involvement for the Three Lions came just over 14 months ago as he started the 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw in Ukraine on 10 September 2013.

His last Wembley appearance came four days before that fixture and ahead of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia he shared his delight at his long-awaited return to the home of football.

Walcott has made 36 appearances for the England national team, scoring five goals in the process.

On 10 September 2010, the Gunners’ favourite became the youngest player in England history to score a hat-trick as he helped then-Fabio Capello’s side to an impressive 5-1 win in Croatia.

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