Theo Walcott certainly wouldn’t get the red carpet treatment when he is in the vicinity of N17. The 30-year-old has had a long and bitter rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur fans spanning back to his long stint with Arsenal.
Walcott who now plies his trade for Everton was named in Marco Silva’s starting line up for Sunday’s Premier League finale at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It was the first time in which Walcott has stepped foot inside Spurs’ state of the art 62,062 capacity seater arena and admits that he was impressed with what he saw.
The England international levelled the score in the second half when he found the bottom corner of Hugo Lloris’s goal which was the first of two quick fire goals which put the Toffees 2-1 ahead. Christian Eriksen ensured that Spurs didn’t finish the season with a defeat when he scored a 75th minute free-kick.
Despite his previous allegiances, Walcott was full of praise of the stadium but could not resist highlighting one negative.
He told Football.London after the 2-2 draw: “I’m not gonna lie, it’s a fantastic stadium. A fantastic arena,”
“They’re obviously in the final of the Champions League and have done fantastically well.
“It’s a great place to play football, it really is, and they have worked really hard.
“It’s taken a long time and I know it has been a lot of stress for everyone behind closed doors, but it has paid off when you see it.
“But I do feel the walk from the coach to the dressing room was just a little bit too long — because I was walking past Tottenham fans!
“But no, you have to give everybody involved a lot of credit because they have done a great job.”
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