English Footballer Theo Walcott announces retirement from Football at the age of 34. His retirement came following his departure from Southampton last season. He was linked with a transfer to Bournemouth earlier this summer. The Englishman has confirmed his retirement with a social media post.
Theo Walcott called for immediate retirement after having made 567 club appearances and 47 for England. Walcott made 25 appearances in the most recent season and scored 5 goals also assisting thrice. The 2021/22 season hadn’t been at his side as he made only nine appearances scoring no goals the whole season.
Former Arsenal winger bids farewell to professional football
The English winger made his senior professional debut back in 2005 with Southampton making a total of 21 appearances and scoring 4 times that season. Walcott transferred to Arsenal in 2006, for a fee of £5 million, rising to £12 million depending on appearances for the club and country.
Walcott played most of his career for the Premier League club Arsenal. He made a total of 397 appearances for Arsenal in his tenure of 13 long years scoring 108 goals and assisting 80 times. Following a poor performance in the 2017/18 season when he scored only four goals the whole season he was asked to leave the side.
He made his next move to Everton in 2018 signing a three-year deal worth more than £20m. He made 85 appearances for the English club scoring 11 goals and assisting 9. In the last season with Everton, he made his return to Southampton as a loan player.
The following season he signed a permanent two-year contract at Southampton. Walcott made a total of 50 appearances for Southampton scoring on five occasions. He made a total of 82 appearances for the English club registering ten goals.
Walcott made his international debut back in 2006 when he was named in Sven-Göran Eriksson’s squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He became the youngest youngest-ever player for England by making his debut in a friendly match against Hungary in 2006. Walcott made 47 international appearances for England scoring 8 international goals in his career. Walcott missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup following an injury suffered during a match against San Marino. He was also omitted from the 2016 squad for the Euros. Walcott played his last international match in 2016 and never returned to the English squad.