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Wilshere picked for under-21s


Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere has been selected for the England squad for this summer's European Under-21 Championship, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger has revealed that Gunners midfielder Wilshere had made Stuart Pearce's final 23-man party for the finals in Denmark. Pearce had been expected to announce his squad on June 1 but the Football Association have confirmed that may well be brought forward to Thursday afternoon.

Wenger said: "I heard he has been picked. We just have to accept and respect the choice even if we think it is the wrong decision."

Despite Wenger's opposition, Wilshere's selection is no surprise, with Pearce having included him in his provisional 40-man squad earlier this month.

Fellow senior international Andy Carroll was also included but there was doubt over whether the Liverpool striker would take his place in the final 23.

Reports suggest the 22-year-old had expressed concern over his fitness after enduring an injury-hit second half of the season, and questioned whether tournament football could do him more harm than good ahead of the new campaign.

Also, like Wenger, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has suggested he is not in favour of players being drafted back into the under-21 fold after graduating to the senior set-up.

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In addition, Wenger has expressed concern about 19-year-old Wilshere suffering burnout as result of the number of games he has played for club and country this season.

Wenger said: "Jack Wilshere is in the red for a while now and this can be a risk for his health.

"He will respect the decision. He knows that he is nearly at the end of his energy level but he is keen to do well."

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