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."

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29 Aug 2010