10 Things You May Not Know About Theo

He remains England's youngest goalscorer. And here are some more facts about Everton's new number 11, Theo Walcott...

1) Walcott was first discovered by Swindon Town, but he left for Southampton in 2002 after six months with the Robins.

2) Aged just 14, he signed a sponsorship agreement with sportswear giants Nike.

3) He became Southampton’s youngest ever player – at 16 years 143 days - when coming on as substitute in a 0-0 Championship draw with Wolves in August 2005. A few months later, in October, his goal against Leeds United saw him also become Saints’ youngest goalscorer.

4) This would set a trend - Walcott was Arsenal’s youngest player to feature in Europe  - a record since broken by Jack Wilshere – when setting up the winner in a Champions League qualifying second leg match against Dinamo Zagreb. He went on to become the Gunners’ second highest European goalscorer in their history with 21 goals, after Thierry Henry.

5) He has achieved similar feats with England – he became the Three Lions’ youngest senior player when he debuted against Hungary at Old Trafford prior to the 2006 World Cup, aged 17 years and 75 days – beating the record of his new Everton teammate Wayne Rooney. Walcott also became the youngest player to net a hat-trick as his treble helped beat Croatia in 2008.

6) Walcott holds the record for the most hat-tricks scored at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium home with five, the last coming in a 4-1 win over West Brom in May 2015.

7) The forward was named BBC Young Personality of the Year in December 2006, aged just 17.

8) The 28-year-old became Arsenal’s sixth-fastest player to reach 100 goals for the club - behind Ian Wright, Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie, Alan Smith and Dennis Bergkamp – when he netted in an FA Cup fifth round tie against Sutton United in February 2017.

9) His family made a cameo appearance in the 2007 film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, directed by David Yates, the partner of Walcott's aunt Yvonne Walcott.

10) Away from football, Walcott currently has four published children’s books – 
T.J. and the Hat-TrickT.J. and the PenaltyT.J. and the Winning Goal and T.J. and the Cup Run. The stories centre around a boy named T.J and his adventures in football.

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