Theo Walcott confident England have good options to cover for Wayne Rooney
Theo Walcott believes England have enough attacking quality in their ranks to cover the loss of Wayne Rooney to injury.
Last Updated: 04/09/13 9:57am
Manchester United striker Rooney will sit out the crucial World Cup qualifying double-header against Moldova and Ukraine after suffering a nasty cut to the head.
An accidental collision with Old Trafford team-mate Phil Jones has left the 27-year-old sporting a lengthy gash on his forehead - forcing him to miss big games for club and country.
England boss Roy Hodgson does have plenty of firepower at his disposal, though, with United forward Danny Welbeck and Southampton hit-man Rickie Lambert having opened the season in fine form.
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge could also come into the mix - after netting three match-winning goals in as many Premier League outings - but he sat out training on Tuesday with a thigh complaint.
On the options available to Hodgson, Arsenal forward Walcott said: "It is sad to see Wayne out, but it is an opportunity for someone to come in and take their chance.
"Danny Welbeck has started the season well for his club and Rickie Lambert has had a great start to his England career, so the manager has some great options and I am sure he knows what to do."
Walcott, who says England must 'respect' Moldova at Wembley on Friday as they look to take another step towards Brazil 2014, is not surprised to see Rooney sidelined for the foreseeable future, with the United man currently resembling 'something out of a horror film'.
Pointing to a 500ml water bottle on the top table of his press conference at St George's Park on Tuesday, Walcott said of the injury: "It's about that big. It's a very big gash.
"It is not a nice sight to be honest. It is not going to help his looks I wouldn't think. It's not very nice to see. It's like something out of a horror film."
Better news for England is the prospect of Jack Wilshere taking part in training on Wednesday after recovering from a stomach bug.
Walcott said of his long-term Arsenal team-mate: "When he stepped up to train with the first team, I knew this 15-year-old was going to be very special.
"At such a young age he's had so many injuries, but he's bounced back from them and looks after himself very well. He's going to be a great addition."