Robbie Fowler baffled by Walcott call-up

Date published: Friday 25th March 2016 8:59

Former England striker Robbie Fowler is confused about Theo Walcott’s presence in Roy Hodgson’s England squad when he is not even playing – never mind scoring – for Arsenal.

Walcott has been named as a striker in Hodgson’s squad to face Germany and Holland despite not even making it off the bench in the Gunners’ last two Premier League games.

It is widely presumed that Walcott will once again miss out on a major tournament after a season that has so far reaped eight goals in all competitions.

“If form is being rewarded, as it is for Danny Drinkwater, I’m not sure what Theo Walcott is doing in the squad,” said Fowler in his column for New Day.

“He’s not scoring for Arsenal so is clearly picked for what he’s done in the past.

“I’m sure 95 per cent of his squad is nailed on,” said Fowler. “Wayne Rooney isn’t there this week but will be come the game against Russia on June 11.

“Daniel Sturridge needs to prove his fitness, and even then others are more deserving for now.

“You can’t leave out Harry Kane, who is bang in form, although Danny Welbeck is a Hodgson favourite. Jamie Vardy has not be as devastating as he was earlier in the season, but still works the defenders.”

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