Arsenal’s Theo Walcott scored twice as England beat San Marino 6-0 on Saturday, and is in a bullish mood about England’s chances at Euro 2016 next summer.
The Three Lions became the first team to qualify for next summer’s European Championships in France and have won all seven of their qualifying games after a disappointing World Cup last summer.
The game against San Marino was always likely to be a walkover, but Tuesday’s match against Switzerland should give the players a much better indication of where the team is right now.
“It’s always difficult when you are away from each other for a long time, but we had an extra day to train this week and everyone knows how it all works,” Walcott said to FATV following Saturday’s win.
“We blended well and have been working towards the Switzerland game as much as this one.
“Everyone has been on it in training and it shows the passion and winning mentality is there – that’s what we want in the dressing room.”
Walcott’s goals were only his sixth and seventh for England, but maybe he can get more now if he stays fit. He missed the World Cup last summer and it will be a big boost for the player as well as the team if he stays in the squad by the time Euro 2016 comes around.
“This team is getting better and better but we can improve definitely going in to the tournament and we have a big test on Tuesday. It will be different to today,” Walcott said. The forward is clearly optimistic about England’s chances in France.
“Now it’s all about recovering and working towards the Switzerland game which will be a completely different test.”
That test will leave England with a better idea of where they are as a team before expectations start going through the roof.