Theo: Growing Up Fast

Theo: Growing Up Fast

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By (author) Theo Walcott

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  • Publisher: BANTAM PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 240mm x 28mm | 597g
  • Publication date: 12 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0593064593
  • ISBN 13: 9780593064597
  • Illustrations note: 2x8 colour
  • Sales rank: 454,661

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When the name of Theo Walcott was included in the England squad for the 2006 World Cup, shock waves ran through the football world. But no one was more surprised than Theo himself. Five years later, Theo Walcott is one of the most recognizable names in football. As the English heart of the brilliant young Arsenal team, he has become a firm favourite at the Emirates Stadium. He represents everything that is good about the beautiful game: a player with his feet on the ground, but lightning quick on the field. He carries the expectations of the nation on his shoulders, especially since one night in Croatia made him the youngest player in history to score a hat-trick for England. It has been an incredible adventure, an unbelievable story of a quiet boy from a small village who only started playing football when he was 10. But how does it feel for your dreams to come true? "In Theo: Growing Up Fast", Theo Walcott takes you for the first time right inside his world.

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Theo Walcott was born on 16 March 1989 and grew up near Newbury. After joining the youth scheme at Southampton, he became the Saints' youngest ever player, before joining Arsenal in January 2006. Following his surprise selection in Sven-Goran Eriksson's World Cup squad, Theo set another record in making his England debut at the age of just 17 years and 75 days, and was named the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2006. He is now approaching 200 appearances for Arsenal, and in September 2008 became the youngest player to score a hat-trick for England.

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"Articulate and affecting... There is a hard core of ambition and self-belief that has helped him to thrive, without spoiling his unfledged charm when viewed among seasoned professionals" When Saturday Comes 20111101

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Theo Walcott is one of the brightest stars in world football. At the age of just twenty-two, he is already approaching 200 appearances for Arsenal and has won a host of admirers for his dazzling play and positive attitude. It has been a meteoric rise for a boy from a small village who only started playing football at the age of ten. In Theo: Growing Up Fast, he tells the story of what it has been like to live out those dreams: scoring a perfect hat-trick in his first ever game, netting on his first start for Southampton (and his second, and his third!), and then the move to the Premier League with Arsenal and playing with his hero Thierry Henry. Theo reflects back on his experiences on the highest stage, first as an untried seventeen-year-old with England in Germany in 2006, battling back from injuries and then suffering the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup in 2010. Full of wit, verve, and the pace that makes him such a threat on the pitch, he reveals what it’s really like to be Theo, growing up fast in football with Arsenal and England.