When Arsenal‘s Theo Walcott was ruled out for the rest of the Premier League season and the following World Cup in Brazil with a six-month ACL injury lay-off, many an England fan (and Roy Hodgson) were undoubtedly fearing the worst.
The Gunners winger may not be a world-class entity of the Wayne Rooney or Steven Gerrard ilk, but he’s one of a rare few players in the England fold that come with natural pace and penetration, and the 36-cap 24-year-old is undoubtedly Hodgson’s most tried and tested option on the right-hand side. It’s also worth mentioning that he was amid yet another strong campaign for the North Londoners.
But in search of a silver lining, the England gaffer has commented in recent weeks that competition is fierce to fill Walcott’s almighty void in the Three Lions starting XI ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
So with that in mind, this article takes a look at stars and starlets from Southampton, Sunderland, City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham who could step in for the injured England international at the coming tournament in Brazil.