Theo Walcott stopped just short of saying “play me, play me, play me” as he made a case to start as a striker for England.
Wayne Rooney is a doubt to face Estonia on Friday night and Walcott’s current form – four goals in the Premier League and Europe this season – makes him favourite to replace Rooney.
“Being Wayne he always wants to represent his country,” said Walcott.
“If he can’t – and he’s obviously got a little knock, we’ll know tomorrow if he’s able to train – the manager will make the decision.
“Playing there (up front) for England, that’s what I want to do.
“You want to represent your country and I know everyone would like to see me up front, but whether it’s on the left or right…there’s an opportunity there definitely.”
Walcott last started for England in March, playing up front against Italy alongside Harry Kane.
“It’s always good to give players a chance when they’re at the top of their form and I’ve never felt better.”