Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has revealed that he hopes to take up the lead-striker role for England as Wayne Rooney continues to struggle for fitness.
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Roy Hodgson’s side take on Estonia at Wembley Stadium on Friday night, and they could be without Rooney who has missed training for the past two days due to an ankle problem, as reported by The Mirror.
His absence will therefore create an opportunity for another striker in the squad to lead the line for England, and evidently an in-form Walcott would love the chance to build on his impressive performances for Arsenal recently.
Speaking to the media as reported by Sky Sports, the 26-year-old insisted that he was “buzzing” to play for England after injuries have interrupted his international career in recent years, and while he would ideally like to start up front, he will be happy to represent his country in any position that Hodgson decides.
England have gone eight games unbeaten in qualifying for Euro 2016, and Walcott and the rest of his teammates will be hoping to make that 10 by the time their campaign concludes ahead of the tournament in France next summer.
Nevertheless, there is no denying the impressive nature of his recent displays for the Gunners, particularly in the 3-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday in which he led from the front and set the tempo for Arsene Wenger with an all-action performance.