Theo Walcott remains infront of Tottenham’s Andros Townsend regarding a place in the England. The attackers play in a similar style and will both be competing with each other for a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.
Townsend made his England debut in the 4-1 victory over Montenegro where he also scored his first goal. He received man of the match in both the Montenegro victory and 1-0 win over Poland in energetic performances.
Both Walcott & Townsend use their pace to beat their defenders but Townsend normally cuts inside to shoot while Walcott opts to go to the by-line and cut the ball back.
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour thinks that Walcott is ahead of Townsend in the England pecking order, albeit slightly.
“It’s very healthy to have competition for places as sometimes you can get a bit complacent as players if you know you are going to play.”
“But suddenly after a couple of really good performances Andros Townsend is right up there.”
“If anything I’d put Theo just slightly ahead of him at the moment, but Andros has done himself a real favour by playing in those two games and playing really well.”
Walcott has not played for England since early September against Ukraine, having been sidelined with an abdominal problem. He is set to return to the Arsenal first team after the international break and would be available in their next friendly, which is scheduled for February.
Walcott also has the extra competition from Arsenal colleague Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner & new England man Jay Rodriguez.