Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has called on the England manager Roy Hodgson to play him as a striker in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia on Friday if Captain Wayne Rooney is deemed unfit.
The Manchester United captain has been struggling with an ankle injury and could be left out of the match – Walcott sees it as an opportunity to lay a claim to the number 9.
“I know everyone would like to see me up front,” Walcott told reporters.
“Playing there for England, that’s what I want to do.” The 26-year-old has mainly played on the right win for England, but has netted four times in nine appearances for Arsenal this season.
The former Southampton trainee then spoke about new England invitee Dele Alli who may make his debut for the Three Lions following a good start to the season with Tottenham Hotspurs.
“He is very strong and good on the ball and I feel he has a big future for England and Tottenham,” Walcott said of the 19-year-old with Nigerian roots. “I am there for him if he needs any advice.
”I came into the spotlight at a young age.”