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Walcott to Make Surprise Appearance for England U-21s

  • BBC , Tuesday, October 6, 2009 3 PM
England coach Fabio Capello left Arsenal winger Theo Walcott off the national team squad for the upcoming qualifying games against Ukraine and Belarus. Now Walcott has been called into the England Under-21 squad to face Macedonia on Friday. England U-21 boss Stuart Pearce said: "I spoke with [Arsena; coach] Arsene Wenger and we both agreed it would be right for Theo to come and join the squad."

Walcott's recall follows his first appearance of the season for Arsenal on Sunday, when he scored in the Gunners 6-2 win over Blackburn after coming on as a substitute. Walcott featured in the European U-21 Championships in the summer but injured his back in a friendly for Arsenal in August.

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