Walcott conquers England fears

Image: Walcott: One of the boys

Theo Walcott admits he is starting to feel like an established member of the England set-up.

Gunners youngster feels at home in international football

Theo Walcott admits he is starting to feel like an established member of the England set-up. The Arsenal youngster was first called into the fold as a surprise inclusion in Sven-Goran Eriksson's 2006 World Cup squad. That first experience did not go entirely to plan as he failed to make a single appearance in Germany. However, he has not let that early disappointment get the better of him and has forced his way back into contention on merit. A hat-trick against Croatia in a 4-1 World Cup qualifying victory in September saw him come of age in an England shirt and he has not looked back since. Fully recovered from a recent shoulder problem, Walcott is now hoping to be called upon by Fabio Capello again when 2010 qualification resumes at the end of the month.

Bonding

"Obviously going to the World Cup was a difficult time for me because I didn't know any of the players," he said. "Now I'm within the team we play games and watch DVDs with each other so it's good bonding. "They are all brilliant lads and they all look after me - now I feel like one of the team. I feel part of the boys for sure. "David Beckham has been a massive help to me. He gave me so much encouragement for both games that I played before I was injured. He's a brilliant character to have around. "He'd just tell me to go out and enjoy it and play with no fear and do what I'd done to get in the starting XI. "Because I've experienced the chance of playing the fear has gone now. I'm more part of the team."

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