Current England squad 'best I have been part of', says Walcott

The 23-year-old winger has been in exceptional form for the Gunners of late and is hoping to translate that to the international stage during the upcoming friendly against Brazil

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has hailed the current England squad as the best that he has been a part of during his international career.

The 23-year-old made his debut for the national side back in 2006 against Hungary and has since gone on to win 30 caps and score four goals, including a hat-trick against Croatia in World Cup qualifier four years ago.

Having scored his fourth international goal at Euro 2012 against Sweden under the guidance of Roy Hodgson, Walcott feels the structure and personnel currently in place will stand the Three Lions in good stead for the future.

"[This squad is] the best I have been part of. The players I am training with are absolute world-class players. It is a very good squad," Walcott told the BBC.

"It is a young squad that is eager to do well and we have a great manager [Roy Hodgson] and great staff."

Having won nearly all of his caps for the national team as a winger, Walcott is keen to replicate his club form - which has seen him score 18 times in 29 outings this season - with a in a more central role up front.

He added: "The next step in my career is to get the England career back to where it should be.

"It's going to be difficult [against Brazil] as you are testing yourself against the best but I'm enjoying my football at the moment. I'm enjoying every minute and scoring goals.”