Walcott respects Capello’s choice

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has admitted to being disappointed at being left out of England's 23-man squad for the World Cup finals.

Fabio Capello opted to include Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aaron Lennon in his squad that will travel to South Africa on Wednesday evening rather than Walcott, who was a shock inclusion in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for the 2006 World Cup.

The former Southampton speedster was the most high-profile absentee from the squad Capello named on Tuesday afternoon.

The 21-year-old, who has endured an injury-ravaged season and failed to impress in the recent friendlies against Mexico and Japan, said:"I am very disappointed not to be included in the squad going out to South Africa, but completely respect Mr Capello's decision.

"I would like to wish the team the best of luck and hope they have a really successful tournament."

In September 2008, Walcott played a major part in helping England qualify for this summer's tournament when he grabbed a hat-trick in the 4-1 win at Croatia.

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