Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Arsenal Young 'Star' Ready to Shine!

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott insists he goes into England's clash against Croatia with no fear and will relish the pressure in Zagreb if selected.

The 19-year-old got his first senior start at the weekend for the win over Andorra, with his pace offering an option to Fabio Capello for the World Cup qualifier against Croatia on Wednesday evening.

Walcott feels his style will suit Capello if they use the counter-attack against the country which defeated England twice in their last qualifying campaign.

Capello also has the experience of David Beckham, who wished Walcott good luck before the Arsenal winger faced Andorra.

Walcott said: "A lot of young players have no fear, there are no pressures on them and they can go out and enjoy it.

"David came to me and told me to enjoy it and to play my football, then I'd be fine. That's true of a lot of young players.

"I've had a lot of experience at England level now, I haven't played as much as I'd wanted to. I've had a lot of experience at Arsenal too and deal with pressure.

"The main thing is to concentrate on your own performance within the team and you're fine with pressure."

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