Robbie Fowler miffed by Arsenal man Theo Walcott's England call-up

Theo Walcott

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has scored one Premier League goal since Christmas.

Quoted by The Star, Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has expressed his disbelief that out-of-form Arsenal winger Theo Walcott was given an England call-up.

The 27-year-old was named by manager Roy Hodgson in the squads for friendlies with Germany and the Netherlands over the coming days, despite his questionable form at club level.

The jet-heeled Gunners ace has endured a trying season, in which he has netted four goals in 22 Premier League appearances - and only one since Christmas.

Consequently, Fowler admits that he is a little bit miffed as to why the former Southampton prospect was called up, accusing Hodgson of basing his decision on reputation rather than form.

"If form is being rewarded, as it is for Danny Drinkwater, I’m not sure what Theo Walcott is doing in the squad,” he wrote in The New Day, quoted by The Star.

"He’s not scoring for Arsenal so is clearly picked for what he’s done in the past."

 

Fowler has a point. Walcott, for a long time, simply has not produced, though injuries have certainly taken their toll on him.

 

Furthermore, he is longer a regular face in the Arsenal XI, with Olivier Giroud being preferred up front, while the emergence of Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi has intensified the fight for a wide role.

 

And, while form is temporary, Walcott must find some between now and May if he wants to win a spot on the plane to Euro 2016.

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