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Arsenal's Theo Walcott advises Twitter caution


Walcott non-plussed by Twitter craze

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott said players will "only start digging holes for themselves" by posting criticism of referees on social networking sites.

After the Gunners drew at Newcastle on Saturday, Jack Wilshere used Twitter to moan about "inconsistent refereeing".

But Walcott said: "There's no point whingeing about referees after games. It's not going to change the result.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion but you have to be careful what you do in your personal life."

Wilshere posted his comments on Twitter to vent his frustration at decisions made by referee Phil Dowd during the game at St James' Park where Newcastle battled back from 4-0 down to draw, helped in part by two penalties.

I don't tweet myself, I really don't have a clue what it's all about

Theo Walcott

The 19-year-old later took the comment down and after looking into the matter the Football Association decided not to punish the midfielder, who along with Walcott is with the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen.

Former Liverpool striker Ryan Babel was fined £10,000 by the FA in January when he posted a mocked-up photo of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt, following a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.

Walcott added: "I don't tweet myself, I really don't have a clue what it's all about. It doesn't really interest me."

Wilshere has impressed with Arsenal this season, making 31 appearances and could be handed the opportunity to make headlines for the right reasons in Denmark with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard missing from from the England side through injury.

And Walcott has backed his team-mate to stake his claim for a regular place in England manager Fabio Capello's Euro 2012 qualifying squad.

"Jack will be fine," stated Walcott.

"He has got confidence, is playing week in and week out for Arsenal with no fear. Jack is gifted in his left foot and is an absolute dream to play with.

"If he gets the chance I am sure he will grab it with both hands."

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