Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was trolled on Twitter after he failed to make the 26-man shortlist of England’s squad to Euro 2016.
Walcott, who has racked up 46 caps for the Three Lions since making his international debut back in 2006, has admitted that he’s ‘disappointed’ to have not been included but insists that he respects Hodgson’s decision.
The Gunners ace has remained gracious, wishing Hodgson’s squad ‘the best of luck’ in France.
Writing on Twitter, Walcott stated:
“I am of course disappointed not to make the squad, but I have spoken with Roy and respect his decision. I wish Roy and all the team the best of luck for a successful Euro’s.”
As you can imagine, fans of the Red Devils, happy to see youngster Marcus Rashford make the cut ahead of Walcott, took to Twitter to troll the Arsenal man following his tweets.
Here’s how social media – most notably Man United fans – reacted:
Saint Totteringham @Tucker23
@theowalcott you lost out to Rashford pace merchant boy
Patrick Shaughnessy @Shauno18red
@theowalcott hahaha you haven’t started a game since February 🙈 you were never going you are awful
@theowalcott RASHFORD SURPASSED YOUUUU
Rashford’s surpassed Walcott within 3 months.
Wesley Brown @YungKakarot
Rashford didn’t even play half a season and still killed Walcott’s England career. All mad.
After Danny Welbeck picked up a lengthy injury, it had been suggested that Walcott was going to be included in Hodgson’s squad.
The England boss however has insisted that a lack of game time is the reason behind Walcott’s England absence.
In place of Walcott, the Three Lions boss has opted for the likes of Andros Townsend and Manchester United youngster Rashford.
Despite Newcastle United’s relegation from the Premier League, Townsend has enjoyed a wonderful final few months of the season.
Rashford, who only made his debut for the Red Devils back in February, has heavily impressed and, at just 18-years-old, looks set for a bright future with the national side.
It’s far from certain as to whether either Townsend or Rashford will make it to the tournament – three players will be cut from the 26-man squad – but it’s safe to say that Manchester United fans have enjoyed the latter’s inclusion in place of Walcott.
With the quartet of Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order, it’s unlikely that he will claim his place on the plane, but there’s every chance that he will enjoy a successful career for both club and country.
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