Fabio Capello has stressed the need for new England hero Theo Walcott to stay focused after his stunning hat-trick against Croatia in the crucial World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.
Walcott has always been regarded as one of the nation’s brightest young talents ever since he was controversially named in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s squad for the 2006 World Cup at the tender age of 17.
But the hullabaloo that surrounded the former Southampton player two years ago will be nothing compared to the present media circus around the Arsenal player after his treble in Zagreb during England’s 4-1 win. Wayne Rooney got the other goal.
Walcott’s treble put England in prime position already to qualify for the 2010 finals in South Africa.
But Capello said: ‘I know Walcott will get a lot of publicity. It will be a problem for Arsenal, not for me! Theo is young with a big future but you have to help him.
‘At this moment all the newspapers and the TV programmes will speak about Theo. He has to stay with his feet on the ground. This is very important.’