Date: 29th January 2011 at 12:49pm
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From Vital England:

When Theo Walcott was omitted from Fabio Capello’s world cup squad last summer more than a few eyebrows were raised.

This caused all manor of debates among England fans and sent the media into a frenzy, the likes or which we had not seen regarding a player omission from a finals squad since Glenn Hoddle left Gazza out of the France ’98 one.

Fabio Capello has now admitted that he ‘made a mistake’ by deciding to leave the Arsenal man behind: ‘he is playing how I remember when he started to play with us. It was a tough decision leaving Theo out for the World Cup.

‘He is one of the players after the World Cup I thought about a lot. I made a mistake not selecting him.

‘He is one of the players who can make the difference. I should have taken him.’

The benefit of hindsight is such a wonderful thing is it not?

Although the thing with hindsight is that using his does little to alter what was, you can, or at least should, learn from this.

As it happens, speaking for myself personally – and this is nothing against Walcott at all – I still see why Capello did leave the guy out, and all in all think that he was probably right in doing so.

There was, and at times still is, a lack of consistency from him – especially at international level – although he seems to be finding this more often now.

So, ‘perhaps’ being left out of the world cup squad had the desired effect with Arsenal, and hopefully England, now benefiting more consistently as a result…

As featured on Vital England (feel free to leave comments here and there, using your same vital logins on each).

Read the full article on this link – England – Capello’s Walcott admission.

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