Everton star Theo Walcott has revealed he once nearly had a spell – as an actor in one of the Harry Potter films.
The 31-year-old, who has made 21 Premier League appearances for the Toffees this season, is the nephew of David Yates, who has directed several installments of the hit franchise.
Speaking on 'That Peter Crouch Podcast', Walcott said that he was nearly subbed in to one of the movies by his uncle.
But his day job prevented him from making a brief cameo in the wizarding world – much to his annoyance.
Walcott said: "Training got in the b * way!
"My uncle, David Yates, he has filmed the last three Harry Potter films and I got asked to be an extra in it – maybe be in a Quidditch-type thing. I was like: 'Oh my God'.
"My mum, my dad, my brother and Mel [his wife] got in a film but I didn't get in a film. I was gutted.
"Football got in the way. I just wanted to be on one of those broomsticks!"
It is thought that Walcott was at Arsenal at the time after he signed for the Gunners from Southampton in 2006.
Walcott discusses a number of other topics on the podcast, including his shock inclusion in England's World Cup squad in 2006 and the influence former manager Arsene Wenger had on his career.
Walcott is currently out injured after requiring surgery on an abdominal issue, and has not played since his side's 4-0 defeat to Chelsea in March.
It is not yet clear when he will return to action, but he could well be ruled out until the end of the season, with only five games remaining of the Toffees' Premier League campaign.
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