What the papers say: Arsenal teenager Walcott steals the show for England

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The SunIt’s Trio Walcott
SAY it loud, say it proud - England are back. Fabio Capello is leading the country out of the dark ages and we are on course for the 2010 World Cup finals.

The Daily Mirror - Theo Walcott hat trick gives England stunning win in Zagreb
Theo Walcott grabbed a stunning hat-trick as England overcame the hostility of Maksimir Stadium to end Croatia's unbeaten record in home qualifiers in style.

The Daily Mail - That's simply magic, Fabio: Theo Walcott pulls a rabbit out of the hat for England and Capello
Not for the first time yesterday, the end of the world was averted. There was no large black hole waiting for Fabio Capello. No sense that the aura surrounding England's manager had disappeared with a rather large bang. On the contrary. By last night it felt like England had finally woken to the dawn of a bright new era.

The Daily Express - CAPELLO'S IN WALCOTT WONDERLAND
EUROPE had been expecting a big bang. The only surprise was that it did not erupt in a scientist's laboratory in Switzerland but in the apparently impregnable Maksimir Stadium.

The Daily Star - THEO TRIO JUST FAB!
Theo Walcott scored a stunning hat-trick to sink Croatia and grab three glorious World Cup points for England.

The Times - Theo Walcott gives England new hope
On a night when Theo Walcott came of age with an unforgettable hat-trick and Fabio Capello showed why the Football Association pays him £6 million a year, England made history with a hugely impressive 4-1 victory over Croatia to take a significant step towards the 2010 World Cup finals and restore some lost faith in the national team.

The Independent - Capello vindicated as Croatia are humbled on home ground
It was two years later than scheduled but when Theo Walcott marks his coming of age for England in this sort of style, frankly, who cares about the wait?

The Telegraph - Theo Walcott ushers in new era with superb hat-trick for England against Croatia
The end of the world, let alone the World Cup, was far from nigh in Zagreb. The collision of English and foreign particles here at the Maksimir Stadium produced only oblivion for the Croatians, who were sent spinning by the comet-like Theo Walcott.

The Guardian - Beckham and broken stud led to goal spree, says Walcott
Theo Walcott contemplated changing his boots at half-time last night, one of the studs having disintegrated during the first period, only for superstition to get the better of him. "There was no way I was going to change them," he said, and the pair that had yielded his first goal at this level duly helped him to become England's youngest ever hat-trick scorer.

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