Next Game

S Marino v England

Saturday, 05 September 2015, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group E

Last Game

Slovenia 2 - 3 England

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group E

Wilshere defuses row with KP

Jack Wilshere has attempted to defuse his Twitter row with Kevin Pietersen over his view of eligibility for the England team.

Last Updated: 10/10/13 at 12:36 Post Comment

Jack Wilshere: Aiming to defuse row with Kevin Pietersen

Jack Wilshere: Aiming to defuse row with Kevin Pietersen

The Arsenal midfielder was involved in a series of exchanges with England cricket star Pietersen on Wednesday.

Pietersen had taken exception to Wilshere's comments on Tuesday that only English people should play for England.

Pietersen, who was born in South Africa, tweeted: "@JackWilshere - interested to know how you define foreigner...? Would that include me, Andrew Strauss, (Jonathan) Trott, (Matthew) Prior, Justin Rose, (Chris) Froome, Mo Farah?"

Wilshere tried to defend his comments by responding with: "@KP24 With all due respect Mr Pietersen the question was about Football! Cricket, cycling, Athletics is not my field!"

Pietersen was still not satisfied, replying: "@JackWilshere same difference. It's about representing your country! IN ANY SPORT!"

Wilshere again tried to play down the row: "@KP24 I agree that's exactly what i was saying...."

Later on Wednesday night, Wilshere made another attempt to defuse the row.

"To be clear, never said 'born in England' - I said English people should play for England," said Wilshere.

"Great respect for people like KP (Kevin Pietersen), Mo Farah and Wilf Zaha - they make the country proud.

"My view on football - going to a new country when ur an adult, & because u can get a passport u play 4 that national team - I disagree.

"Just saying my opinion, everyone is entitled to theirs. Can't wait for Friday night..."

The row began when Wilshere was asked his view on the prospect of Manchester United's rising star Adnan Januzaj one day playing for England.

Wilshere received the backing of his club manager, Arsene Wenger.

Wenger said: "I agree with him. I always said also an Englishman should manage the England team.

"If we are not clear on that the national teams will become like a club."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

suarez_blind
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

N

o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

spence
F365's Top Ten Players We Can't Wait To Watch

I

think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

GVMUFC
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

Footer 365

Sako completes Palace move

Crystal Palace have completed the free transfer signing of former Wolves winger Bakary Sako on a three-year deal.

United plummet below City in rankings

Manchester United have fallen four places behind Manchester City and dropped to 20th overall in UEFA's club coefficient rankings.

Gareth Bale says he's happy at Real Madrid

Wales star Gareth Bale insists he's settled with Real Madrid and wants to play in a central attacking role for them.

Mail Box

Chelsea Are Stronger Than Last Season

One Chelsea fan points out that they won the league last year and have improved, so... Plus thoughts on United worries, pre-season predictions, Valdes and Chuba...

Louis Van Gaal Only Wants Football Robots

Louis van Gaal only wants players who are human robots, apparently. It's a great Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Audi Cup, Fabregas, Lingard and Joe Gomez...

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