Theo Walcott is loving life at Everton under Marco Silva, and has started the season off with a bang. The winger has two goals and an assist with four shots in the three games he’s played so far.
His sparkling form has brought up questions whether he can be in line for a surprise recall to the England squad after Gareth Southgate watched him a week ago at Goodison Park against Southampton. The 29-year-old has eight goals in 47 Three Lions caps, with the last of those coming nearly two years ago.
Speaking to evertonfc.com after scoring again last weekend against AFC Bournemouth, Walcott reiterated his main focus is to get Everton into Europe.
“My ambition is to play well for this Club and for the Club to achieve what I believed it could when I joined.
“If I play well, who knows? But my goal isn’t England. My goal is to be playing well for Everton, for those fans who were fantastic at Bournemouth.
”I’ve got to stay fit but I’m feeling as fit as ever. With the training we do, I’ve got to be fit. Now we have got Wednesday’s game and hopefully we can have a good cup run.
”I’ve come to the Club for it to be pushing into the European places and there’s no reason why we can’t, especially the way we are playing at the moment.
”We are only going to get better and the players who have joined are going to be available soon, so when they are bedded in and used to the culture and the way we play, we’re only going to get stronger.
“You always want to play for your country – I’ve got 47 caps and I want more. If the team plays well, we’ll see where it takes me.”
Everton manager Marco Silva was very complimentary of the influence the veteran has had, telling the Liverpool Echo after the draw on Saturday that his job was to keep Walcott playing at his level.
“Not just today but he had a very good game in the last game at home as well.
”He repeated a good game, a fantastic attitude and it is important that he scored a goal and the red card to Bournemouth is on him as well. He started the free kick for the second goal.
”He is doing very well, he is in a good moment. It is our job to keep him at this level.
“I am here to support our players, to develop our players, to do everything to put them playing at the highest level. That is what my goal is.
”They know they have a coach to demand a lot from them and to give support and confidence. I am happy with him. I want Theo enjoying his football and he is doing well.”
If Walcott can maintain this high level he’s playing at for another couple of games, he could well be in with a shot at cracking England’s lineup again.