Peter Shilton insists Arsenal's Theo Walcott is an asset for England

Theo Walcott 2-0 Gesture v Tottenham

Peter Shilton insists Arsenal's Theo Walcott is an asset for England.

Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott has been much criticised over the past few months, and his place in the England squad is less than certain.

While Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has kept him in his squads recently, including in the March internationals, but Walcott's club situation has regressed since then.

From starting the season as a starter in attack, he has slipped behind both Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck as the firm third choice.

The 27-year-old has scored just five league goals all season from 27 appearances, but has slipped out of favour since the late February defeat at Manchester United.

Since that game, in which he played an hour, the longest amount of time he has been on the pitch in a league game is 22 minutes.

Former England World Cup star Peter Shilton maintains Walcott should go to Euro 2016, telling The Star: "I like Walcott. He’s also had a few injuries but I think he’s at that age where he’s always going to be effective.

"Whether he’s playing wide or through the middle, he’s a big asset for England.”

Roy Hodgson has been a supporter of Walcott throughout his time in charge, but the Arsenal ace missed the last World Cup through injury.

If Walcott can make an impact for England this summer it will certainly give Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger food for thought, but for now he needs to make a late contribution for the Gunners to solidify his place in the Euro 2016 squad.

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