Arsenal players delighted for Shea over England experience

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott was happy to see young teammate James Shea training with the England squad yesterday.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott was happy to see young teammate James Shea training with the England squad yesterday.

Faced with injuries to Ben Foster (knee) and Scott Carson (back), Fabio Capello had to turn to Arsene Wenger in desperation and ask to borrow a goalkeeper for a practice match.

So up stepped 19-year-old Shea, joining Joe Hart for a few training drills before being chipped — so Theo Walcott said — by Wayne Rooney from 18 yards.

"It was a good experience for him," added Walcott.

Born in Islington but eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland, Shea began as a midfielder before being converted into a keeper.

He was on the bench against West Brom in the Carling Cup last September. England, however, has come sooner than expected.

 
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