What the papers say: No South Africa trip for Walcott

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The Sun - Ramsey is Gunner stay
ARSENAL midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a new long-term deal with the club.

The Daily Mirror - Theo Walcott Exclusive: There's no point sulking over South Africa
When his mobile phone rang yesterday morning and he saw Fabio Capello’s name on his screen, Theo Walcott did not realise what was coming.

The Daily Mail - Arsenal ready to let Francis Coquelin go to Lorient in bid seal Laurent Koscielny swoop
Arsenal are preparing to let young midfielder Francis Coquelin join Lorient on a season-long loan to help improve their chances of landing the French side’s defender Laurent Koscielny.

THE thud of jaws dropping was familiar enough, the gasps of astonishment that followed eerily reminiscent of those four years ago. Yet there the comparison ends.

THEO WALCOTT was left shell-shocked last night after playing his way out of the World Cup.

The Times - Time is on the side of grounded Theo Walcott
There are two enduring images of Theo Walcott as an England player. One is of the fabulous hat-trick he scored against Croatia on that famous night in Zagreb, the other of a starstruck 17-year-old wandering around Baden-Baden with a camcorder, filming his own video diary of the 2006 World Cup.

The Independent - Walcott is young enough to rise again, but his rivals have also failed to shine
A glance back through my notebooks from England's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign yesterday yielded a few words from Fabio Capello that, in the light of his latest bombshell, proved telling. They date back to the night in Croatia in September 2008 when Theo Walcott's hat-trick had got the Capello bandwagon rolling.

The Guardian - Theo Walcott left 'in a state of shock' by Fabio Capello's World Cup snub
Theo Walcott was still in a "state of shock" tonight after the Arsenal winger, once described by Fabio Capello as the nation's "best talent" and the man who ignited the side's qualification campaign, was left out of the England squad for the World Cup.

The Daily Telegraph - England World Cup squad: Theo Walcott left out by Fabio Capello as squad announced
Having named a provisional squad of 30, Capello spent the morning assessing the fitness of Gareth Barry – who makes the squad – and then telephoning the seven players who he will leave behind.

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