Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v W Brom

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 0 - 0 S'land

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Wilshere to avoid U21 duty

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be exempt from summer duty at the European U21 Championship, England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Last Updated: 01/02/13 at 08:59 Post Comment

Jack Wilshere: Will not be considered for England U21 duty at this year's Eu

Jack Wilshere: Will not be considered for England U21 duty at this year's Eu

Hodgson this week announced his squad for Wednesday's friendly with Brazil at Wembley but it was one missing several of the youngsters who have made an impression at senior level in recent months.

Phil Jones, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha were instead picked in Stuart Pearce's squad for Tuesday's U21 encounter with Sweden at Walsall.

But while Hodgson believes that quintet will benefit from tournament experience in Israel this summer, a fit Wilshere is already pivotal to his World Cup plans.

"It is not right to compare Jack with Zaha, Sterling and Shelvey, etc," Hodgson said.

"You have to give Wilshere the credit that he has established himself as a bonafide first-team player."

Hodgson took an early opportunity to ward off accusations that Pearce's youngsters face burnout.

He added: "Tournaments are played at the end of a football season; how do you avoid the players not having played a long season before, unless it is being suggested that anyone picked doesn't play for their clubs for five or six weeks beforehand? I don't think that would be very popular.

"The U21 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."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Carlton Cole doesn't know if he will stay at West Ham next season

West Ham striker Carlton Cole revealed he still does not know where his future lies beyond this season.

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on England coaching staff

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on the England coaching team when they retire from playing.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company