Ian Wright has said that he is feeling sorry for his countryman Theo Walcott who would not be able to represent the Three Lions in the upcoming World Cup Finals because of being injured.
Walcott is yet to play for his country in the World Cup. He could have done that in 2006 and 2010, but, due to different reasons, that didn’t happen.
However, this time around, the English forward was almost certain to make his World Cup debut only if he hadn’t injured himself badly in a league game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Wright has got the idea how much it hurts when a player misses a tournament like World Cup due to injury. He himself had suffered that in 1998.
Talking to an English Radio channel about Walcott being ruled out of the World Cup Finals, the former Arsenal striker said, “You don’t feel good at all when something like this happens. Having been in that situation previously, I know the pain.”
Walcott had been included in the England squad that had gone to Germany to take part in the World Cup 2006, but, he hadn’t made any appearance in that tournament and that was not surprising at all for anyone he was only a teenager at that point of time.
Then, in 2010, he was a strong contender to be picked as he was one of England’s stars in the qualifying matches, but, Fabio Capello who was then in charge of the England national side ignored him in favour of Aaron Lennon.
So, basically, it’s the third time that Walcott is going to miss the World Cup due to unfortunate reasons. He would certainly be devastated, but, he must take heart from the fact that age is still by his side and his dream of playing in the World Cup might get fulfilled in 2018.