"And I would love to see him triumph for England and Arsenal after his summer dumping by Fabio Capello and the recent public debate about his 'football brain'.
"I loved Alan Hansen as a player and I still love him as a pundit. Same with Chris Waddle.
"But I do think that to say someone doesn't have a "football brain" is incredibly harsh.
"I know what they are getting at. Maybe for Theo, the first two yards aren't yet in his head. Maybe he doesn't have the pure instinct of a Cantona or a Scholes. Maybe he's not quite as special as a Dalglish or a Gascoigne, greats who Alan and Chris played alongside week-in, week-out.
"But those players are very, very few and far between - I certainly was never one - and we must not overlook the fact that Theo has so much going for him."