England team.

The pacey attacker has been in and out of the Three Lions’ starting XI in recent years, with a series of inconsistent displays at club level seeing a number of other candidates move ahead of him in the pecking order.

However, the 23-year-old has knuckled down this campaign, becoming a key member of Arsenal’s squad.

His impressive form, 18 goals in 29 appearances, has prompted rumours that he may be in line to take a greater level of responsibility in the national set-up, as Hodgson looks to build a competitive team for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Walcott revealed that he has been working hard to make sure he is selected for England:

“At the start of the season, I wasn’t playing at all but I felt I reacted in the right way,” He is quoted by The Metro.

“‘Now the next step is to get my England career where it should be. We have a young squad that is eager to do well. You want to be playing from the start.

“If you get a chance coming off the bench, it is the way you make your mark. I want to give the manager a headache.”

Although he has previously been deployed in a wide position, Walcott’s favoured role is as a central striker.

He believes he is some way off of being England’s first choice front-man, but that he hopes to make the position his own in the future:

“I will play anywhere for England and Arsenal but I do believe I’m a striker and I’m sure in the next few years I’ll be playing a bit more regularly.”

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