As a forward, Walcott plays for Arsenal and the England national team, winning the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2006. His speedy pace and ball crossing led his manager Arsene Wenger to deploy him on the wing for most of his career. On 30 May 2006, Walcott became England's youngest ever senior football player aged 17 years and 75 days. On 10 September 2008, he opened his senior international goals tally in a match against Croatia and became the youngest player in history to score a hat-trick for England. Walcott has represented England at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012 and has 42 caps, scoring eight goals.
He attended Compton Church of England Primary School and The Downs School, playing football for local team and later for Newbury.