Walcott targeting Europe with Southampton after first Saints goal since 2006

Theo Walcott says he feels "like a kid again" after scoring his first goal for Southampton since he was 16.

Saints' six-goal England striker Danny Ings remains out following minor knee surgery.

But Walcott started upfront in their 1-1 draw at Wolves and opened his account after returning on loan to his first club from Everton.

It looked like being the winner until Pedro Neto's late equaliser.

But former Southampton trainee Walcott still has high hopes for the season.

Walcott, 31, after a 14th consecutive season scoring in the top-flight, said: “I feel like a kid again.

“I am enjoying playing for Southampton, it is a club close to my heart and always will be.

“We missed Danny at this moment in time, his goals says it all but I will do a job whatever.

“I feel like the manager has the trust of me but a lot of players as well.

“I am sneakily enjoying it.

"The first moment I spoke to the coach I wanted to play for him.

“I have managed to adapt to the playing style right away.”

The point leaves Southampton fifth and Walcott refused to rule out a push for Europe after a seventh game unbeaten.

He added: “We work hard together and we want to achieve things.

“I think that has showed in seven games unbeaten now.

“Who knows where we are going to be this season?

“I feel like this team has developed and that is how far the team has come.

“We know where we want to be but we move on to the next one.”

Southampton host Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League.

Walcott could have wrapped the game up for Southampton at Molineux after breaking the deadlock but he later shot wide.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “We had the match point with Theo's second chance and a chance to win this game.

“If it was deserved, I don't think so but I always like undeserved wins.”

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