Injured Walcott set to miss World Cup

Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott is set to miss the World Cup after being ruled out for at least six months with a knee injury.

Hodgson speaks to Walcott about knee injury

The England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed he has spoken to Theo Walcott after the Arsenal forward was ruled out for at least six months with a knee injury, meaning he will miss the World Cup in Brazil.

He told the FA's website:

I spoke with Theo and just wanted to express my disappointment to him.

It is a blow for him personally of course, and for both Arsenal and England.

We had quite a lengthy conversation and it is such a shame that we have lost a player of his calibre for the World Cup, he has been incredibly unfortunate and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Having worked with him for two years as England Manager I know the character he has, and I know he will come back even stronger from this setback.

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Footballers wish Walcott speedy recovery from injury

Former England striker Michael Owen - who ruptured his cruciate ligament during a 2006 World Cup match - wished Theo Walcott a "speedy recovery" from the same injury.

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Shocking news regarding Theo Walcott. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he returns next season as good as ever.

Walcott's Arsenal teammate Aaron Ramsey echoed Owen's sentiments:

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Gutted for Theo, he'll come back stronger after this. Been fantastic for us so far this season. Have a speedy recovery mate

England goalkeeper John Ruddy suggested Walcott's injury could present an international opportunity for his Norwich teammate Nathan Redmond.

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Gutted for Walcott missing the World Cup but what a chance for other players to step in! ( @nathanredmond22 )

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Walcott likely to miss World Cup with knee injury

Theo Walcott is stretchered off the pitch against Tottenham on Saturday. Credit: Empics

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out of football for at least six months with a knee injury, his club has announced.

His ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) means that an appearance at the World Cup in Brazil in June is unlikely.

The injury requires reconstructive surgery and a long period of physiotherapy to rehabilitate the knee.

Former England Michael Owen striker ruptured his ACL while playing for his country at the 2006 World Cup against Sweden.