By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger believes Theo Walcott is now well equipped to be an England regular.
The striker was left out of Fabio Capello's final 23-man squad for the summer's World Cup, but returned to the international fold in a recent friendly match against Hungary.
Since then the 21-year-old has scored four goals in two impressive back-to-back displays for Arsenal, against Blackpool and Blackburn.
Speaking after Saturday's 2-1 win at Ewood Park, Wenger was asked if Walcott is now ready to be a regular in the England set-up.
"He had a good pre-season, he is sharp and I am certain he will get a chance now with England," replied the manager. "So let's hope he will be ready.
"He is equipped, he is stronger and I think he is calmer in front of goal."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source