The news will not surprise Arsenal fans, but could be seen as a bit of a kick in the teeth for some of the other young players in the England international set up. Roy Hodgson has picked a squad to face Brazil in a friendly next week, but has left out a number of younger players, who will drop back down to the under 21s for the upcoming European championships this summer. Wilshere is not one of them, because he has already proved himself for club and country.
“It is not right to compare Jack with Zaha, Sterling and Shelvey etc. You have to give Wilshere the credit that he has established himself as a bona fide first team player. He will play against Ireland in May, and come with 8us to Brazil after that.”
Alex Ferguson is not happy, apparently, as he sees the move as a snub for the Manchester United defender Phil Jones. His new signing, Wilfried Zaha, will also play in the tournament, as will Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey and Jordan Henderson from Liverpool. This is great news for Stuart Pearce, who will feel that his team have the potential to go all the way.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, however, has also been selected for the full England team, so Wenger will have two fewer players to worry about getting injured. Ferguson will moan, as usual, and think that he is being persecuted, but the England coach seems unconcerned about any complaints from United or anybody else, and he has a point.
“I don’t understand the burnout argument in that respect.
“We have spoken before about the intensity of the English season, and how that impacts on us compared to other nations. But the under 21 tournament finishes in the middle of June. I don’t think the Premier league kicks off again until the middle of August.
“Two months is a long time. Quite a lot of people in normal jobs wouldn’t mind two months of not having any real pressure to perform. Every club will try to protect it’s players and international matches do impact on clubs. That is a conundrum no-one can solve and will exist from now until the end of footballing time.”