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Mathieu confused by England's rubbishness

Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu admits he is baffled by the England national side's troubles given the quality of their base at St George's Park.

I don't know why, having these lovely facilities, England haven't done well - it is something I cannot answer.

The English team would be the right people to answer that question.

We only can say that we have enjoyed so much the great facilities and the amazing pitch.

All the team have been so happy to train together and to get to know each other much better.

– Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu

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Theo Walcott to miss start of new season

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Theo Walcott on a stretcher last season. Credit: PA

Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott will miss the start of the new season with a knee injury, but is set to resume training by the end of August.

Walcott, 25, ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during an FA Cup third-round tie against Spurs last season, which caused him to miss the World Cup.

"We expect him to be back in full training at the end of August," Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed.

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