The England boss said: “He’s got to satisfy a few of his critics and, if you like, make certain that he stays fit and gets his place back as one of the first names on the Arsenal team sheet. When he does that, he might be pushing to be a first name on the England team sheet.”
However, getting his place back in the Arsenal team may be quite hard to do.
The 26-year-old winger has made just 14 appearances this term, scoring three goals, and doing little to impress when taking to the field.
Admittedly, his season has been decimated by injury, but since returning to match action in December he has still only made six Premier League appearances - starting only three games.
The Gunners have looked in brilliant form since the turn of the year, and this is the time that Walcott has spent on the substitutes' bench. Breaking back into Arsene Wenger’s plans could prove incredibly hard, and he should consider himself very lucky to have been called up to Hodgson’s squad for the ongoing international break in the first place.
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all-but secured the three attacking roles as their own, and with Walcott’s contract expiring at the end of next season, he should start fearing for his Arsenal career, let alone his England one.