Date: 9th August 2006 at 5:43pm
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Sven Gormless Ericsson stunned football fans the world over by calling untried Arsenal striker, Theo Walcott, into England’s World Cup 2006 squad.

Shagger Sven was in a world of his own as he picked the 17 year old starlett to take to Germany, and while Walcott’s talent is not in question, the decision even raised the most biased Gooner’s eyebrow.

Sense seems to have prevailed and new England boss has omitted the teenager from the squad to face Greece at Old Trafford next week, and place the young striker (along with Darren Bent) into the Under 21’s side to face Moldova.

‘I wanted Darren, Scott and Theo to have the chance to play some competitive Under-21s football,’ McClaren told The FA’s website.

‘Darren has just come back from injury, Theo has not yet played a Premiership game and Scott faces stiff competition for games at Liverpool. The Moldova match will be very positive for all three of them.

‘They are all still very much in my plans. I see the Under-21s as a very important stepping stone to the senior team and I will keep a close eye on them this season.’

Walcott should take heart from this rather the dismay, as he will feature more often and gain valuable experience which should profit both club and country.

I wonder if he is the first player to gain a full cap before playing for the Under 21’s??