Walcott relishing competition for places

SPEEDSTER Theo Walcott says the competition for his place in the final England World Cup squad is bringing the best out of him.

The Arsenal winger is in a battle with Aaron Lennon, Adam Johnson and Shaun Wright-Phillips as coach Fabio Capello decides on his final 23-man squad for South Africa, which will be revealed next Tuesday.

And Walcott, who went to Germany 2006 as a shock member of the England squad but did not play, hopes that his performance against Mexico on Monday will help make Capello’s mind up.

He said: “People saw a different side of me, going forward and back. But it’s not just about me. There’s Aaron and Adam as well. It is great competition to have.

“It is a great thing having competition, especially in my position, because it gets the best out of you. Aaron, Shaun and Adam are among the best players in England.

“It is a headache for the manager, but a nice headache, because there are fantastic options.”

England start their World Cup campaign against the USA in Rustenburg on June 12.

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