Walcott back under Pearce's wing.
Arsenal star Walcott has only just returned from a side strain and Fabio Capello, despite the 20-year-old scoring against Blackburn on Sunday, opted not to recall him for the World Cup qualifier in Ukraine.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was upset over Walcott playing for the Under-21s in the European Championships in the summer but was happy for his player to go on international duty this week and spoke to Pearce about a call-up for the qualifier against Macedonia on Friday.
"This is the perfect opportunity for the Under-21s to support the senior team," Pearce said.
Walcott replaces Sunderland's Lee Cattermole, who has a heel problem ruling him out of the Ricoh Arena clash.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 7, 2009|
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