Arsenal's Walcott: England pressure shouldn't worry kids

Arsenal wing ace Theo Walcott insists young players should not be suffering from pressure when playing for England. “Young players in particular SHOULD be able to play without fear because there’s no pressure on them," declared Walcott. “Before the Andorra game, David James told me to enjoy it, play my football and do what I had been doing in training. Fear of failure won’t bother me at all on Wednesday, I’ll just treat it like any other game. “Arsene Wenger has told me to be more aggressive on the pitch, win the ball back and get at defenders. And that’s what I’ve been doing.

Arsenal wing ace Theo Walcott insists young players should not be suffering from pressure when playing for England.

“Young players in particular SHOULD be able to play without fear because there’s no pressure on them," declared Walcott.

“Before the Andorra game, David James told me to enjoy it, play my football and do what I had been doing in training. Fear of failure won’t bother me at all on Wednesday, I’ll just treat it like any other game.

“Arsene Wenger has told me to be more aggressive on the pitch, win the ball back and get at defenders. And that’s what I’ve been doing.

“Playing on the right wing at Arsenal is coming more naturally, my touch is better while my link-up play has improved.”

But why should he be any different to so many who have gone before?

Walcott said: “I give England a different option, getting in behind defenders. The boss knows I’m learning the whole time. Look at Cristiano Ronaldo.

“When he first came to England people talked about his game just being a few brilliant tricks — now he’s the best player in the world.”

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