As Sven blooded the two youngest members of his World Cup squad against Belarus, there was little doubt that it was Aaron Lennon’s Man of the Match performance that made people sit up and take notice. However, Walcott did show flashes the pace and flair that most fans were seeing for the first time, Sven included and at least did not look out of his depth against…erm…Belarus.
Lennon obviously has had a season of fine form to build from while all Walcott has enjoyed is enormous pressure, but it would have been nothing compared to what Theo will face when he comes on at the World Cup – with a Rooneyless nation expecting miracles from their new teen superstar.
So how should Sven manage his two wild cards? Has Lennon done enough to start? Will Walcott even play? If England are chasing a match with 20 minutes to go, who would you bring on – Wenger’s prodigy or Jol’s main man?