Theo James Walcott (born March 16, 1989) is an English professional footballer who now plays as a forward for Southampton and has previously represented England at international level.
Walcott is a Southampton Academy graduate who began his career there before joining Arsenal for £5 million in 2006.
For the majority of his career, Arsène Wenger used him on the wing due to his quick pace and ability to cross the ball. Since the 2012–13 season, when he was Arsenal’s top scorer, Walcott has been used as a striker and has scored over 100 goals for the club.
Walcott, who was 17 years and 75 days old at the time, became England’s youngest-ever senior football player on May 30, 2006. He was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in December.
He made his first competitive start in a World Cup qualifier against Andorra on September 6, 2008, and scored his first senior international goal against Croatia on September 10, becoming the youngest player in England history to score a hat-trick. He has 47 caps for England, scoring eight goals in the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012.
Theo Walcott is an English player with a $30 million net worth. He is a forward for Premier League side Arsenal and the England national team. He was born Theo James Walcott on March 16, 1989 in Stanmore, London, England. Southampton F.C. designed it.
Walcott was born to a white English mother and a black British Jamaican father. Due to his father’s Liverpool fandom, he grew up as a Liverpool fan. He took advantage of the opportunity to meet his Liverpool heroes when Chelsea recruited him to be a ball boy:
“I was competing for Swindon in a tournament when Southampton and Chelsea expressed interest. Chelsea invited me to be a ball-boy for a match versus Liverpool, and it was incredible to meet Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler, two of my heroes. My father was a Liverpool supporter, therefore I was a fan as well. Unfortunately, I was not born during the team’s golden era, but I grew up admiring players like Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and Steve McManaman. I went insane when Liverpool won the Champions League last year. I think I woke up the entire town where I reside by shouting so loudly!”
His family appeared in the 2007 film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was directed by David Yates, Walcott’s uncle. Walcott was also scheduled to appear, but his Arsenal responsibilities caused him to withdraw.
Jacob Walcott, his cousin, was a Reading trainee and a member of the England under-17 football team that competed in the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Hollie, his older sister, is a bodybuilder who placed second in the Central Championships of the British Natural Bodybuilding Federation in July 2010.
After meeting in 2004 at Southampton’s WestQuay retail area, Walcott has been in a long-term relationship with Melanie Slade. In June 2013, the pair married in the Castello di Vincigliata in Tuscany, Italy. Finley James Walcott, their first son, was born on April 10, 2014, and Arlo, their second son, was born on November 26, 2016.
Walcott has volunteered with the Build a School and Best Beginnings charities in the United Kingdom. At the Arsenal pie store in Holloway, he has a pie named after him, which earned a gold prize at the British Pie Awards in 2015.
Walcott was a torchbearer for the Olympic Flame for Beijing 2008 during its parade through London on April 6, 2008. Just before Dame Kelly Holmes, he was the penultimate torchbearer.
Walcott earned an endorsement deal with Nike, an American clothing and equipment company, when he was 14 years old. He starred alongside Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling in a Nike Green Speed II commercial in November 2012.
Walcott signed a new sponsorship deal with Adidas in February 2015. In August 2016, Walcott starred in an Adidas commercial, demonstrating his dribbling and flicking talents into the open top of a wheelie bin.
EA Sports’ FIFA video game series features Walcott. In FIFA 14, one of his goal celebrations – the ‘pat-a-cake’ dance with Mesut zil – is featured.
“T.J. and the Hat-Trick,” “T.J. and the Penalty,” “T.J. and the Winning Goal,” and “T.J. and the Cup Run” are Walcott’s four published books. The first two were released in April 2010, followed by the last two in August 2010. Corgi Children’s published all four books.
Bantam Press published Walcott’s autobiography Theo: Growing Up Fast in August 2011. Because of his criticism of England manager Fabio Capello, whom he portrays as “cold and clinical,” the book sparked debate.