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Last Updated: Friday November 24 2006 18:41 GMT

Theo Walcott - Football

Arsenal star Theo Walcott
Sport: Football
Born: 16-03-1989
Hometown: London
Achievements: Youngest player ever to play for England, against Hungary in May 2006 at 17 years old and 75 days. Also in the England squad for the World Cup in Germany. Transferred from Southampton to Arsenal in January 2006.

What's your training like?

Every day I come into training - seven days a week, it's mainly mornings, I work hard and I do bits afterwards, a bit of shooting to help me out and a bit of gym work just to build up my strength.

To be a good forward you have to have a good attitude that's the main thing, you have to pace yourself, you need to be able to finish.

What's your career highlight been so far?

In my last year so far I have moved to Arsenal which was brilliant, from Southampton. My call-up squad for the World Cup was amazing and totally unexpected.

I was taking my driving theory test at the time and my dad told me the news and I didn't believe him. I had to turn my phone off so I was the last person to know.

I played for the England under 21s and scored two goals against Germany which was nice and the first goal against Moldova.

How do you prepare for a game?

Every time I play I sit in the changing room and think what I'm going to do. I picture myself scoring goals then I go out and totally relax and play my game.

What hopes have you for the future?

My hopes for the future are only going to happen if I work hard but I would like to reach my potential for Arsenal and for the England national squad and see where that takes me - but I have got to work hard.

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