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Seamus Coleman Helped Shift Theo Walcott's Perspective At Everton

Seamus Coleman Helped Shift Theo Walcott's Perspective At Everton

Having made an international breakthrough twelve years ago when he was selected by Sven Goran-Eriksson for England's 2006 World Cup squad, even Theo Walcott acknowledges the surprise some people have that he has yet to turn 30-years-old.

An ever-present figure in the Premier League since making his top-flight debut a few weeks after Eriksson's surprise selection, the Southampton academy product spent 12 seasons with Arsenal; amassing almost 400 appearances, and a little over 100 goals.

Now at Everton, the player primed to lead the way forward for English football has long since re-calibrated his intentions, and knows what he wants from football.

After playing through the rather less glorious second act of Arsene Wenger, Walcott's perceived failure to reach his potential often epitomised the greater malaise sweeping through the North London club.

At Everton, he has realised a chance to start anew, and leave a lasting mark on a club that you imagine would be more grateful for the 3 FA Cup wins Walcott won at Arsenal during his spell there.

While the club has scarcely been a model of stability in the post-David Moyes era, Walcott is determined that the future can be bright, and it is an Irish teammate who leaves him certain that trophies are there for the taking.

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Speaking to The Telegraph, Theo Walcott singled out the Irish captain Seamus Coleman - a "top player" who wants equally big things for Everton. Something that was all but taken for granted at Arsenal in Wenger's later years, the likes of Coleman can only dream of such wins as of yet.

“I was chatting to Seamus Coleman and he was talking about the FA Cup and saying how much he wanted to win it. He’s a top player and he really wants to win an FA Cup.

“I want Everton to do even better than that and I believe we can, but if we could win a trophy it would be such a huge thing for the club and the fans. Obviously we want to get as high as we can in the League, but a cup and winning something with this club would mean so much."

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