Wilshere Right To Play For England

By on May 20, 2011

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Before I go on, let me ask you this. Are we a nation that restricts young players from representing their country? Does out football set-up not want our best young players to get experience playing in competitive tournaments?

You might have guessed already that I am talking about the Jack Wilshere situation. The Arsenal midfielder is to play for the England Under-21 side this summer despite establishing himself as a regular for the senior side in the last few months.

One of my biggest issues when writing this article is to slate Arsene Wenger before I tell you what he said about the situation, to set the scene somewhat, or to put his comments out there first. Let’s go with the latter.

On Wilshere competing in the European Under-21 Championship finals in Denmark, the Gunners boss said:

“We have to accept and respect the choice even if we think it is the wrong decision.”

“To go to a tournament, for me, is a massive risk. Jack knows that he is nearly at the end of his energy level but he is keen to do well.”

Now, I can see where he is coming from to an extent and some people placing free bets agree with the Frenchman. But to publically say that a 19-year-old has made the ‘wrong decision’ having chosen to represent his country in a competitive tournament, what on earth does that say?

The fact is that Wilshere wants to play – so let him. He will gain valuable experience being away with England, getting the feel for a major tournament ahead of Euro 2012 next year.

Do we really want him going into next summer not having experienced any kind of international tournament? Wilshere is young, he is in excellent condition and he wants to play as much football as he can. How can Wenger say this is wrong?

I don’t buy the ‘massive risk’ element either. If he is referring to Wilshere getting injured, that could happen anytime. That could happen in the pre-season games Arsenal have, it could happen in training, it could happen if Wilshere went for a run in his garden.

Wenger should just let the England man get on with it and respect the fact that he wants to play for his country. I’d rather someone had Wilshere’s approach than Ben Foster’s for example.

From England’s perspective, it can be beneficial having the Arsenal man involved too. Some say that he is blocking the path of another upcoming player, but he will be a big player for Stuart Pearce’s men and a positive influence on the other members of the squad with less experience.

Let the boy play!

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9 Comments

  1. Luke

    May 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    what a load of shit, of course Wilshere shouldn’t play for england u21’s. he is a starting 11 england and arsenal player so he doesn’t need the ‘experience’. Wilshere playing will cause the boy to ‘burn out’ and would not have a proper pre-season and will miss the start of the club (who he works for) when he doesn’t need to go to some crappy u21 tourney, when no one really cares how england do

  2. David blogs

    May 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Lazy, opinionated journalism.

    Are you aware that the comment “We have to accept and respect the choice even if we think it is the wrong decision” was talking about Stuart Pearce’s decision to select him?

    Obviously not. Don’t give up your day job.

  3. Gilberto

    May 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    He will be set back as well, he will not play the opening premier league games so he might be replaced by another player..

    If he doesnt preform for England he will still be a regular Arsenal player.

    If he doesnt perform for Arsenal he will not represent England.

  4. coob23

    May 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    whoever wrote this is a fudging moron… dont just hash an article together and [print it for the sake of it. research it, you mug

  5. Xdrim

    May 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    this guy is a moroon…, caught up in some anti wenger shit…, keep ur day job. This ain’t 4 u buddy…mxm. Lol, who told u can write.

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  7. tt takka

    May 21, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Did Stuart Pearce write this?

  8. AJ

    May 21, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Stupid article, shares the same short sightedness and ignorance that radiates from Pearce.

  9. Katana

    May 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Am sure u did not understand wengers concerns, otherwise u wld not have written this article. I s this tournament bigger than the EPL or the UCL? The boy needs a rest.

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