Date: 23rd September 2008 at 3:03pm
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Following the 3-1 victory over Bolton on Saturday, and the criticism of Kevin Davies’ challenge on Gael Clichy that followed, Wanderers captain Kevin Nolan has revealed that it was their plan from the outset to be dirty.

In recent weeks Theo Walcott has really begun to shine, for his country as well as his club, indeed the pacey frontman blasted a hat-trick as he kick started England’s qualifying campaign.

So how do we set about treating England’s brightest prospect, it’s shining light? Well if Kevin Nolan’s Bolton have any say on it, we’ll kick him.

Football is a contact sport, infact I enjoy nothing more than a crunching tackle, as long as it’s done with-in the spirit of the game. Ledley King (when he’s not injured) is a master of this, just ask Thierry Henry, but if a player is of such a poor standard that he has to resort to kicking someone, surely he shouldn’t be playing at the highest standard of football?

Nolan admitted, “I have never seen anybody as quick as Theo Walcott in my life, I said to Jlloyd Samuel, ‘Give him a little kick and see if he comes back at you!`.’

“At the end of the day, it is a physical sport. We don`t want to be like basketballers. We are in the gym four or five days a week to build ourselves up to try to stand up to challenges like that.’

“We are in danger of losing that side – the roughing up of people.”

As long as the teams in England concentrate on the physical side of the game over the technical side, then the national team will always be second best on the international scene.