Capello defends axing Arsenal winger Walcott for World Cup

England coach Fabio Capello stands by his decision to axe Arsenal winger Theo Walcott from his World Cup squad.

England coach Fabio Capello stands by his decision to axe Arsenal winger Theo Walcott from his World Cup squad.

The Arsenal youngster admitted he was in tears when he was told he wouldn't be going to South Africa.

But Capello said: "Walcott was really important for the qualification for the tournament but when he arrived after his shoulder operation there were problems.

"I chose the players that were ready to play and only Gareth Barry was not ready when I chose those 23 players."

 
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