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Theo Walcott gives up his secrets as England try to foster club atmosphere

Published 07/10/2016

Theo Walcott said players are trying to replicate a club atmosphere with England
Theo Walcott said players are trying to replicate a club atmosphere with England

Theo Walcott admits he may have given away some trade secrets to his England colleagues this week.

The Arsenal forward, speaking on the eve of England's World Cup qualifier against Malta, explained the national side have been working hard to foster a club atmosphere at St George's Park.

While many of the squad members have intense rivalries during the cut and thrust of the Premier League season, Walcott stressed the need to put those to one side for the greater good during international breaks.

And as a sign of his commitment the 27-year-old revealed he had opened up about his own game - no doubt piquing the interest of Tottenham defenders Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, among others.

"We want to make this like a club basically, that's what we want," he said.

"We want everyone to have the relationships (in the England set-up) that they have with who they're at clubs with. That's what we're starting to get with this England team.

"I've probably given a few of my secrets away to my team-mates this week but it's going to benefit England. That's what we want, it's all about England this week.

"We need to be positive, we're going to be positive. Everyone's in a good frame of mind."

Walcott was confirmed in the starting XI by interim manager Gareth Southgate, potentially benefiting from injuries to Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana, and will be looking to continue his impressive recent form.

He has enjoyed one of his best starts to a season since becoming an Arsenal player a decade ago, netting five times in eight games for the Gunners, and now has the chance to re-establish his Three Lions credentials.

Having missed out on the Euro 2016 squad, he is driven to do everything he can with the opportunity.

"Obviously my football is going well at this moment in time. W e all know it can change but I'm in the frame of mind where I don't want it to stop," he said.

"It can be easy when things are going well to take your foot off the gas slightly, but I've been around the game a long time, I don't want that to happen.

"I'm working tremendously hard. I just want to be better than the opposition I'm against, come training, come match day.

"It's stuff people don't really see but deep down you know you're ready for the match.

"I'm just doing the small things that add up. It comes down to myself, how determined I am."

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