It has been a nine-year journey for a player who has not gone anywhere. After arriving as a 16-year-old from Southampton in 2006, Theo Walcott is still at Arsenal, still the same unfailingly polite sprinter and one who many have argued is neither progressing nor regressing.
Walcott has always seemed emblematic of Arsenal: forever young, even when he was not particularly young anymore, and undoubtedly good but without the consistent brilliance that greatness requires. He epitomised the kind of player...
Roy Hodgson wants Harry Kane to grasp the opportunity to cement his place in the England team over the next four days.
Kane will lead the line for England in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday against Estonia because Wayne Rooney has an ankle injury.
Sir Bobby Charlton will present the captain with a commemorative golden boot for breaking his scoring record before kick-off and Rooney will then retreat to the directors' box to watch the final home match of England's qualification campaign.
When Wayne Rooney scored his 50th international goal in the European Championship qualifier against Croatia last month, he might not just overtaken Sir Bobby Charlton as England's all-time leading goalscorer -- he may also have become the country's last prolific international striker.
Only seven other English players have scored 30-plus goals at international level, and they represent a select group: Tom Finney/Nat Lofthouse in the 1950s; Jimmy Greaves/Bobby Charlton in the '60s; Gary Lineker in the '80s; Alan Shearer in the '90s; and Michael Owen joining Rooney in the 21st century.
Beyond the rare elite skill set and high-level ability required to become a lethal international forward, there is another challenge that makes the prospect of finding England's next prolific goalscorer even more difficult: today's game and youth system. It is doubtful Rooney's goal record tally for England will ever be broken, not the way the game is structured at the moment.
Here's a look at the factors and challenges that go into developing a top-tier goalscorer on the international level and an evaluation of England's capped youngsters and prospects in the pipeline who have an outside chance to fill that role.