Today In History Theo Walcott scores first career hat-trick

Exactly eight years today, Theo Walcott bagged a hat-trick for England at age 19

  • Published:
play Theo Walcott scores first career hat-trick
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

On 10 September 2008, Theo Walcott scored his first hat-trick. And it just happened to make him the youngest player ever to do so for England.

Only 19 years old at the time, Walcott had risen to prominence at Southampton (2004-06) before moving to Arsenal in January 2006. After only a half season in London, England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson surprised everyone by including Walcott in his squad for the 2006 World Cup. The winger made his first start for the senior England team in a May 2006 friendly against Hungary, becoming the youngest debutant in the national team's history.

After falling out of favor with Eriksson's replacement, Steve McClaren, Walcott returned to the national team set-up under McClaren's successor, Fabio Capelli, and got his first competitive England start on 6 September 2008 in a World Cup qualifier against Andorra. He failed to score in that match, but got his chance four days later in a qualifier against Croatia.

Playing before a crowd of 35,000 at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, Walcott scored his first senior England goal in the 26th minute, as an attempted clearance by Croatia deflected off one of their own players. It landed at Walcott's feet on the right wing and he fired it across the keeper into the far bottom corner. The second goal was a nearly identical shot, delivered in the 59th minute.

The best goal of the three was the final one. In the 82nd minute, with England winning 1-3, forward Wayne Rooney sent a perfectly-placed pass to Walcott, who was sprinting down the right side. He outpaced his marker, took a couple of touches to move the ball across the box to the left, and slipped it under the keeper into the right corner. He was 19 years and 178 days old at the time, making him not only the youngest player to score a hat-trick for England, but the youngest to score for them in a World Cup qualifier.

Almost two years later, he got his first club hat-trick, scoring three in Arsenal's 6-0 win over Blackpool on 22 August 2010.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Sad News Yaw Preko's brother is deadbullet
2 Italian Connection Huge crowd mob Michael Essien's wife at Comobullet
3 In USA Young Ghanaian coach Kofi Nti dies in church after collapsebullet
4 Ghana Premier League Referee banned for the rest of the seasonbullet
5 Power Play Maradona accused of being behind Lionel Messi's banbullet
6 Black Stars Indonesia government to use Michael Essien to...bullet
7 Sex Scandal Top GFA officials suspended by FIFA for sexual...bullet
8 Ghanaian Players Abroad Lens fans want Daniel Opare out of...bullet
9 No Black Stars Game Andre Ayew trains at West Ham United...bullet
10 English Championship Ghanaian defender Andy Yiadom...bullet

Top Videos

1 Hearts 1-0 Kotoko This footage vindicates referee Samuel Sukahbullet
2 Video Top ten best goals ever by Ghanaians in the Bundesligabullet
3 Video The bizarre penalty decision that landed ref J.O Lamptey life banbullet
4 Video Juju scandal rocks Africa U-20 Championship finalbullet
5 Video Anas Mohammed thanks his wife & girlfriend in man of the...bullet
6 Video Watch the goals scored as Hearts earn first league victorybullet
7 Black Queens Germany 11-0 Ghanabullet
8 Video Kevin-Prince Boateng is worshipped in Las Palmas as god!bullet
9 Video Watch KP Boateng's magnificent goal against Real...bullet
10 Video Watch Messi's magical solo goal against Celta Vigobullet

Sports