Hodgson wants Arsenal star Walcott to find Sanchez connection with Kane

Roy Hodgson has an interesting plan for Arsenal and Tottenham duo to team up for England this evening.

Harry Kane or Theo Walcott? England boss Roy Hodgson was due to have to make a tricky decision for this evening's game with Estonia at Wembley.

Yet instead of leaving out one of the North London rivals, the Three Lions boss is planning to play them both.

This is possible due to Wayne Rooney picking up an ankle knock, and England not being willing to risk their record goalscorer, with Euro 2016 qualification already secured due to their 100 per cent record.

Hodgson is unfussed whether Walcott plays strictly as a striker, with Kane also liking to drop deep, and has simply urged the Arsenal man to forge the same kind of connection and play in the same way as he does with Alexis Sanchez.

He told The Mail: "I don't think it's a big debate whether he starts in the centre, or on the right or the left. What we're asking him to do is what he does with Sanchez at Arsenal."

Hodgson added that he sees Kane as his first choice striker with Wayne Rooney out, indicating Walcott will be expected to support him.

He said: "We believed in him and with Wayne out, he's in pole position."

The qualifying match with Estonia may be largely meaningless from England's perspective, but for Walcott it is a huge opportunity.

He had a terrible experience playing for England at the tip of a diamond midfield away to Italy earlier this year, and he now has an opportunity to stake his claim.

Whether he can find anything like the same kind of rapport with Kane as he does Sanchez is questionable, but what Hodgson really wants is for Walcott to not be constrained into a specific role, and to help the team, rather than look for individual success.

This worked against Manchester United on Sunday, putting in his best ever performance against the Red Devils, and after seeing him play that well, it makes sense to try and put him in a position to replicate it.

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