With a wealth of experience behind him, Theo Walcott has had the pleasure of lining up with some of world football’s biggest names. Here, the Everton favourite goes back through his career as he picks his ultimate 11.
Theo Walcott’s Dream Team
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart
A true leader in every way imaginable. Not only was a brilliant keeper who was capable of making a difference when called into action, Joe Hart was a voice from the moment he walked into the dressing room and he maintained that during the game too.
Right Back: Seamus Coleman
Even when I was playing against him when I was on the wing, Seamus Coleman was an absolute nightmare to play against and he never gave you a minute to breathe. Now being on the same side as him and getting to watch him all the time, you can see just how good a player he is.
Left Back: Ashely Cole
I’ve had the pleasure of playing with Leighton Baines and it would take someone really special to keep him out, but Ashley Cole is special, and that’s why I just lean towards him. This was a really hard decision because both players are first class, but for so long, Ashley was the best left-back in the world.
Centre Back: John Terry
Very much like Joe Hart in the fact that he was born to lead, but John Terry was something else on the pitch and the type of guy you needed in every scenario you could think of. He knew exactly what to say to the players before they went out and if there was one player you probably wanted with you walking out onto the pitch then it was John Terry.
Centre Back: Rio Ferdinand
The perfect partner for John Terry and every bit as good a leader as him as well. There wasn’t much between Terry and Rio for me when I played with them for England. Rio was so good at getting the best out of players, just like Terry was, but Rio was just that little better on the ball.
Right Wing: Theo Walcott
There’s not a chance that I’m picking this team and not having myself in it. To play with these players at different stages of my career is something else, so there’s no way I’m missing out when I’ve got them all together on the same pitch.
Left Wing: Samir Nasri
Tricky as anything and a player that hasn’t been given the respect he fully deserves. Sometimes you couldn’t believe what he could do with a ball and to be a forward, with Samir Nasri playing behind you, must have been a pleasure.
Centre Midfield: Cesc Fabregas
Possibly the first name on the team sheet. Can you imagine being a young lad and walking into a team that has Cesc Fabregas playing centre midfield? He was so advanced beyond his years it was unbelievable. Even when he started playing for the Arsenal first team, he looked like one of the most experienced members of the side.
Centre Midfield: Frank Lampard
Every bit as good as what people say. For a centre midfielder, Frank Lampard’s eye for goal was something else and having him in my team with Fabregas gives us a perfect balance. He had a quality of just knowing where to be and the chances he created for his teammates was also something he doesn’t get enough credit for.
Striker: Wayne Rooney
My strikers are easy to pick and I consider myself lucky to have been in the same teams as both of them. The first one is Wayne Rooney just because he could do everything. Although he had brilliant physical attributes, his ability on the ball was something else. A complete player with no weakness.
Striker: Thierry Henry
One of my all-time favourite players and an absolute privilege to see him up close. There’s a reason that Arsenal fans absolutely idolise Thierry Henry and it’s because for a number of seasons, he provided a level of performance that was just ridiculous.