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Theo Walcott called up for England internationals

The recently-returned forward is among a bunch of Arsenal players joining the England team.

"how do I look, guys?"
"how do I look, guys?"
Michael Regan

Theo Walcott has only been back in action for Arsenal for about a week and a half, but Roy Hodgson has already called him up into the England squad for the coming international break. England has a friendly against Scotland (more like a Not So Friendly there, am I right) and a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

When I first saw this I was a little concerned -- I didn't wait ten months to see Walcott play only to see him take on an injury in a damn international game -- but Arsene Wenger's comments have calmed me.

If he wants to go [with England], I'm happy for him to go and practice and maybe get a few minutes. Mentally it will help him. Is he completely ready? I think it is a bit early but to be in the squad will be good for him. It's good to have him back, hopefully he will come on and have no setbacks. We have to be cautious always. The battle is not won, nine or ten months out, you have ups and downs. I will have to manage that well.

Getting game time is important for him, and you have to assume that he's physically fit enough to handle it even if he hasn't developed match sharpness yet. That sharpness comes only with minutes on the field, so for once I think an international break could actually do one of our players a little good.

Theo's not the only Arsenal player in the team -- Calum Chambers, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, and Danny Welbeck will all be joining him. I'm less jazzed about any of them playing extensively, particularly the defenders, but I suppose whatever may come will come.