Theo Walcott keen to play as England striker against Brazil
Theo Walcott is hoping to be given the opportunity to prove himself as a striker when England take on Brazil on Sunday.
Last Updated: 04/06/13 7:26pm
The Arsenal player, who scored 14 Premier League goals last season, admits he is happy on the wing but has operated as a forward in training for a spell in Rio.
Roy Hodgson is short of options up front after Daniel Sturridge was ruled out of the trip, while Danny Welbeck is missing with a knee injury, although the England boss is also facing a midfield selection puzzle with a small squad.
"I don't know - it would be fantastic," Walcott said when asked about playing as England's main striker.
"People say I've played up front but I have had limited opportunities this year. I've played on the wing and got most of my goals from there.
"Playing for England in any position is a dream. The manager picks the team and whoever plays will go out and do a job and hope to win. I have had a go in training so we will see.
"My confidence is good and that was from playing on the wing. I will play anywhere for club and country and the goalscoring side of things have got much better."
Walcott is looking forward to taking on Brazil in their own back yard following England's 2-1 victory over them at Wembley in February.
He said: "It was probably the best performance at Wembley we have had for a long time. When you play against the best that seems to bring something out of you a bit more.
"It will be tough, they will want to show the crowd what they can do. Playing against England is always a great spectacle. I think Brazil aren't the team they used to be. In a couple of years they could be very good, but I look forward to challenge. It will be a good one."