Steve McClaren told Sven not to pick Theo Walcott - maybe Macca's not rubbish after all?

Steve McClaren reportedly told Sven-Goran Eriksson not to take Theo Walcott to Germany. McClaren was apparently concerned by fitness worries over Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen, and feared the Swede was taking an unnecessary gamble in having unproven Peter Crouch as his only fit, experienced striker. A source told the Daily Mirror: 'Steve told Sven he should think again and that he didn't believe Walcott was ready… Sven was determined to stick with Theo, especially after he spoke about him with Arsene Wenger… But it became obvious that Theo was short for this level.'

This is an encouraging story, but it doesn't tell us who McClaren would have chosen instead of Walcott…