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Theo James Walcott (born 16 March 1989) is an English footballer who currently plays for Arsenal and the England national football team.
Walcott was born in Stanmore, London, but grew up in the small village of Compton near Newbury, where he played for AFC Newbury and went to The Downs School secondary school. Walcott scored more than 100 goals in his one and only season for Newbury, before leaving there for Swindon Town and later for Southampton. Nike agreed to a sponsorship deal with Walcott when he was fourteen years old.
In the 2004–05 season, he starred in the Southampton youth side that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup against Ipswich Town. In addition, he became the youngest person to play in the Southampton reserve team at 15 years and 175 days, when he came off the bench against Watford in September 2004. However, he did not play in the Premier League, as Southampton were relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2004–05 season.
Before the start of the 2005–06 season, Walcott linked up with the first team`s tour of Scotland, just two weeks after leaving school. The striker then went on to become the youngest-ever player to play for the Southampton first team at 16 years and 143 days, after coming on as a substitute in Southampton`s 0–0 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Football League Championship.
Walcott made his full first team début away to Leeds United on 18 October 2005, scoring his first senior goal in the same game. He scored again away at Millwall four days later, and yet again in his full home debut against Stoke City the following Saturday. His rapid rise to fame also led him to be named amongst the top three finalists for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year Young Personality award on 11 December 2005.
Before breaking into the Southampton first team, Walcott`s massive potential was showcased in the 2005 MATCH Annual. His performances soon attracted attention from the British media, who saw him as one of the most promising young English talents of his time. There was speculation that Walcott would move to the Premiership and media reports linked him with some of the league`s top clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. In September 2008, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool were all interested in signing Walcott.
Ultimately Walcott signed for Arsenal in January 2006 for an initial fee of £5m rising to a possible £12m based on appearances for club and country, making him the most expensive 16 year old in the history of British football. In April 2008, financial pressures forced Southampton to accept an early settlement which means that Walcott will actually have cost Arsenal around £9.1 million. The new deal is understood to involve an immediate payment to Southampton of £1.6 million followed by a further £500,000 later in the year added to the £7 million that Arsenal had already paid.
Walcott made his debut for the Arsenal reserves on 7 February 2006 against Portsmouth reserves at Havant, scoring once in a 3–2 defeat. Walcott was then named in an 18-man squad to face Real Madrid in a UEFA Champions League second round first-leg tie at the Bernabéu Stadium. On his 17th birthday Walcott was able to sign a full professional contract worth a reported £1 million a year.
He made his Premier League début on 19 August 2006, the first day of the 2006–07 season, coming on as a substitute against Aston Villa and set up a goal for Gilberto Silva.
A Champions League début came in the second leg of Arsenal`s third qualifying round match against Dinamo Zagreb, where Walcott became the youngest ever Arsenal player to appear in European competition, a record previously held by Cesc Fàbregas. Within minutes of coming on he received his first yellow card in Arsenal colours for taking a shot several seconds after the referee had already blown for offside. During stoppage time his cross beat the Dinamo defence and Mathieu Flamini scored, giving Walcott a record of two assists in two substitute appearances. His first start came in a home league game against Watford on 14 October 2006. Walcott`s exploits with Arsenal and with the England team earned him the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award at the end of 2006.
Walcott`s first goal for Arsenal came in the 2007 League Cup Final against Chelsea at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on 25 February 2007, becoming the second-youngest goalscorer in a League Cup final. His eleventh minute strike was overshadowed by events later on in the match as Didier Drogba scored twice to give Chelsea a 2–1 victory and three players were dismissed following a mass brawl.
His first home goals were scored in a Champions League match against Slavia Prague, which Arsenal won 7–0, as well as setting up a goal for Cesc Fàbregas. W
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Theo James Walcott (born 16 March 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Arsenal and the England national team. Walcott won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2006.
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