Hodgson issues Walcott warning

England manager Roy Hodgson warned Arsenal forward Theo Walcott he needs more game time at Arsenal or risks losing his place with the national squad.

Walcott did not start in England's recent friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands, but did make a second-half appearance off the bench in the 2-1 defeat to the Dutch.

The 27-year-old has earned 42 caps for the Three Lions since making his debut almost a decade ago, but with just four goals in 22 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season, he could be set to miss out on the tournament in France.

"I think a lot of players have got work to do, let's be fair, and it's going to be harder for players who don't get a chance to show what they can do because they don't make their club team," Hodgson said. "One can't deny that it will be even harder for them.

"For Theo, he, like quite a lot of other players, will have to try hard to get back in the Arsenal team otherwise I will not be seeing enough of him. But we know Theo Walcott, we know what he can do and it will be a balance."

With that in mind, Walcott will be hoping to start, and impress, when the Gunners return to Premier League action against Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

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