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Theo Walcott

Biography

Born on the 16 March 1989 in Stanmore, London, Theo grew up in Compton near Newbury. At the age of 10 Theo played for his local village team and then A.F.C. Newbury Under 11s. It was there that Theo scored more than 100 goals in his one and only season for them, before leaving there for Swindon Town. Theo spent just six months with Swindon Town before joining Southampton in 2000. SOUTHAMPTON: In the 2004–05 season, Theo starred in the Southampton youth side that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup against Ipswich Town. He became the youngest person to play in the Southampton reserve team at the age of 15, when he came off the bench against Watford in September 2004. Before the start of the 2005/06 season, he joined up with the first team's tour of Scotland, just two weeks after leaving school. He also signed his first professional contract at 16 years 143 days old.

Theo then went on to become the youngest-ever player to play for the Southampton first team at 16 years of age, after coming on as a substitute in Southampton's Championship match against Wolves. Theo made his full first team debut away to Leeds United on 18 October 2005. The match finished 2-1 to Leeds with Theo scoring his first senior goal. ARSENAL: In January 2006, after months of speculation and reports linking him to Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, Theo signed for Arsenal. He made his Premier League debut on 19 August 2006, coming on as a substitute against Aston Villa and setting up a goal for Gilberto Silva. His Champions League debut came in the second leg of Arsenal's third qualifying round match against Dynamo Zagreb, where Walcott became the youngest ever Arsenal player to appear in European competition. During stoppage time his cross beat the Dynamo defence and Mathieu Flamini scored, giving Theo a record of two assists in two substitute appearances.

His first start came in a home league game against Watford on 14 October 2006. Theo's exploits with Arsenal and with the England team earned him the prestigious award of BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award at the end of 2006. Theo's first goal for Arsenal came in the 2007 League Cup Final against Chelsea, becoming the second-youngest goal scorer in a League Cup final. His first home goals were scored in a Champions League match against Slavia Prague, which Arsenal won 7-0 and he scored his first two Premiership goals in a 2-2 draw against Birmingham City at St. Andrews on 23 February 2008. During the 2008/09 season, Theo has established himself as a first team regular, starting many games on the right midfield. In November 2008, he dislocated his right shoulder while training with England ahead of a friendly against Germany, but he made a full recovery by April 2009. In May 2009, Theo signed a new four year contract with Arsenal that will see him at club until 2013. After signing the contract Theo said, "I'm absolutely delighted.

I'm so happy here and just want to say thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point in my career." INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Theo was included in Sven-Göran Eriksson's preliminary England squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Despite having not made an appearance for the England U-21s, on 30th May 2006 he became the youngest ever England player to play a full international game by appearing in England's friendly against Hungary at Old Trafford, aged 17 years and 75 days. Following his debut, Theo was included in the final World Cup squad and travelled to Germany for the tournament. Unfortunately he did not play during the tournament. Eriksson said at the time that the experience had will have served Theo well for future competitions. On 15th August 2006, Theo became the youngest player ever to score for the England under-21s when he scored the opener after three minutes in England's 2-2 draw with Moldova; this game was also his first cap for the England under 21s. On 6th September 2008, Theo made his first competitive senior start in a World Cup qualifier against Andorra, and in the following match against Croatia on 10th September he opened his senior international goals tally and became the youngest player in history to score a hat-trick for England aged 19 years and 178 days.

In June 2009, Theo was included in the England squad for the European Under-21 championships in Sweden. He started in every game during the tournament where England finished as runners up to Germany. Theo was unfortunately not included in the England squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa however manager Fabio Capello has subsequently stated had made an error in omitting Theo from the squad saying "He is one of the players after the World Cup I thought about a lot. I made a mistake not selecting him. He is one of the players who can make a difference. I should have taken him." Since the 2010 World Cup, Theo has been a permanent fixture in the England squads for both friendly fixtures and the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Achievements

The youngest player ever to score hat-trick
30th May 2006 youngest England player to play full international game in England's friendly against Hungary
Youngest Reserve Team player, Southampton
Youngest First Team player, Southampton
Youngest Goal Scorer, Southampton League
Youngest Goal Scorer, FA Cup
Youngest Champions League Player, Arsenal
Youngest Champions League Scorer, Arsenal
Youngest England International
Youngest Under 21 International, England
Youngest Under 21 Goal Scorer, England
Olympic Penultimate Torch Bearer London Leg
BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2006

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