By Matt Farr
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Gareth Southgate was wrong to axe Theo Walcott from his latest England squad.
Walcott, 28, has been one of the best English performers in the Premier League this season, but was overlooked by the England boss for their upcoming fixtures against Germany and Lithuania.
The Arsenal attacker has scored 17 goals from 30 appearances in all competitions this season, more than any other goalscorer in the England squad, and Nicholas is uncertain as to the reasons behind the axe.
When making his predictions for England’s clash with Germany, Nicholas wrote for Sky Sports: “I know Theo Walcott didn’t play well at the weekend but he’s got a decent goalscoring record compared to others in the squad.
“You just don’t drop players because you know what they offer.”
Unfortunately for Walcott, this is not the first time that he has been overlooked for the international side by an England boss.
He was unfortunate to miss the 2014 World Cup with injury, but was overlooked by Roy Hodgson for the European Championships in France last summer.
The Arsenal man did return to the senior setup for the games against Malta and Slovenia in October, and then against Spain a month later, but only to be cast aside once again – this time by Southgate.
Arsenal team-mate Danny Welbeck was also overlooked by Southgate for this week’s double header, while Jack Wilshere, who is on loan from Arsenal at Bournemouth, also missed out.
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