Theo Walcott announces retirement despite Saudi Arabia offers

Former Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott has announced his retirement from football at the age of 34, having rejected offers from Saudi Arabia and clubs in the EFL Championship.

Walcott most recently played for boyhood club Southampton but was released at the end of last season. He had shot to fame with the Saints as a 16-year-old, before joining Arsenal and getting a shock call-up to England’s 2006 World Cup within two months of turning 17.

At that point, Walcott was yet to make his senior debut for Arsenal, but went on to play just shy of 400 games for the Gunners over a 12-year…


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