Paul Merson makes bold claim about Arsenal, Man City forwards

Paul Merson explains why Arsenal forward Theo Walcott deserves a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad

Paul Merson says Roy Hodgson should bring Theo Walcott to Euro 2016 ahead of Raheem Sterling for this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.

The Arsenal forward has been out-of-favour under Arsene Wenger in the second half of the season after struggling to find any sort of form in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Raheem Sterling has also struggled in 2015/16 following his £49m move to Manchester City from Liverpool last summer, failing to help the Citizens challenge for the Premier League title.

Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend has been touted as an option for England manager Roy Hodgson in this summer’s European championship in France.

However, former Arsenal playmaker Merson believes Walcott deserves a place ahead of Sterling and Townsend in Hodgson’s squad despite his poor form.

“I like what Townsend’s done of late at Newcastle. His form has been very impressive and it’s taken him above Raheem Sterling in the pecking order,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I’m just siding with Walcott though. He’s another whose form has been a bit patchy and he’s not been a regular starter for Arsenal, but he does give you options. Walcott’s pace from the bench can be a good weapon for England and he can also play as a striker if needed.”

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Walcott has scored five goals and has made four assists in 31 Premier League games for the north London side this term, although he has only started 15 times.

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