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Autobiography set to land Walcott in hot water

SPLIT: England manager Fabio Capello is said not to be happy with Theo Walcott (right)

ARSENAL AND England footballer Theo Walcott could find himself in hot water with the release of his autobiography.
Walcott’s book Theo: Growing Up Fast, is said to contain a raft of revelations about the England camp under the stewardship of much-maligned manager Fabio Capello.

Walcott claims that the Italian boss threatened to “kill” him over a tactical error made during a training session and also tells of how a furious Wayne Rooney snapped a snooker cue after losing a frame to John Terry, how the squad sneaked a Nando’s takeaway into the England camp to liven up their diet, and recalls watching Capello throw a plate at Emile Heskey for using a mobile phone during dinner.

Of his tactical error and subsequent rebuke, Walcott wrote: ‘When he named his 30-man provisional 2010 World Cup squad on May 11, I was in it. We headed out to a training camp in the Austrian Alps before we left for South Africa.

‘Something happened out there that shook my confidence. It was the second day, and I made a run inside from my position out wide on the right.

‘Suddenly Mr Capello started screaming at me at the top of his voice. Training stopped and everyone stared at their feet and looked embarrassed.

'Theo,' he was yelling, 'I will kill you if you come inside like that again!' Despite his outburst, I never quite knew what was required of me. I was confused.

‘I had been injured so much that season that my confidence was fragile, but no one ever helped me. If you are the boss, surely you want everyone playing well and you want to encourage everyone. It killed me and I felt it wasn’t fair.’

Football’s grapevine now suggests that Walcott will face a reprimand from Capello and censure from several players when the England squad gather for next month’s Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Meanwhile Walcott is likely to be involved in Arsenal’s crucial Champions League qualifier against Udinese tonight, after recovering from an ankle injury which meant he could only be a substitute in his cub’s Premier League opener against Newcastle last Saturday.

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