Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson believes Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott has not lived up to his potential.
Eriksson gave Walcott, then just 17-years-old, a shock place in his World Cup squad four years ago and it was expected the former Southampton academy star would go on to achieve great things.
Walcott’s reputation was enhanced further when he struck a hat-trick during the World Cup qualifying win over Croatia in 2008.
But, following injuries and a loss of form, Walcott was left out of Fabio Capello’s final 23-man squad.
Eriksson told BBC Radio Five Live: “I'm surprised because four years ago he was the golden boy, or can be the golden boy.
"Maybe the expectation on him was too big, I don't know. The only person that can speak about that is Wenger.
“Four years ago I thought he could be a great player - and he still can be of course."
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