Walcott hails England victory

England attacker Theo Walcott has stated that his side’s 1-0 win over Spain on Saturday shows the quality of the nation’s players, and feels it has put a marker down ahead of Euro 2012.

The Three Lions side put in a dogged performance to frustrate the world champions at Wembley, and a Frank Lampard goal in the second half gave the home side victory.

With the likes of John Terry, Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere and Steven Gerrard all missing, a number of fringe players held their hands up for inclusion in Poland and Ukraine next year, which impressed the Arsenal winger.

“A lot of players who came in all took their chance,” he told The Daily Mail.

“But that’s what we’ve got in this England team. We’ve got so many great players in each position now.

“Tournament football, it’s very important to have 23 very physically fit players and the players that came in did that and everyone’s got to stay on their toes now.

“Our back four was absolutely fantastic – but not just them. Players who came on fitted straight in.  Sometimes, it changes the flow of the game when you make substitutions but everyone took their chance,” he concluded.

England now take on Sweden on Tuesday night, and will look for another positive result to build momentum ahead of the competition next year.

By Gareth McKnight