By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger says Theo Walcott’s handling of his transition from the England senior squad to the Under-21s is the best he has ever seen.

Following a surprise call-up to Sven Goran Eriksson’s squad for the 2006 World Cup, Walcott didn’t feature in Germany and was dropped to the Under-21 set-up by the next incumbent, Steve McClaren.

Walcott worked his way back into the senior squad but, in the summer of 2009, played in the European Under-21 Championships in a similar situation to the one currently facing Jack Wilshere.

“I’ve not seen many who have dealt as well as Theo with what has happened to him,” admits Wenger.

“I think Theo dealt well with sudden fame. He is a good example because he had ups and downs very quickly and he always kept focused in training. [He was] humble and always accepted any advise.

“When you come from the first team, you go to the Under-21s and you don’t play it is difficult.”

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1 Apr 2011