England Under-21 news

Pearce accuses Wenger over Wilshere

May 27, 2011
By ESPN Staff

Stuart Pearce has voiced his frustration after seeing Jack Wilshere withdraw from the England Under-21 squad, suggesting Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger never wanted the youngster to go to the European Championship.

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GettyImagesJack Wilshere has been at the centre of a heated tug-of-war between club and country

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Wenger spoke openly about his fears for Wilshere during the season and said when informed of the midfielder's inclusion in the provisional squad "this could be a risk for his health."

"I do not know any more than you do," Wenger said on Sunday. "He has played 49 games and to get a busy summer would certainly be very bad for him but if the FA want to do it, they can do it."

A matter of days later, Wilshere was omitted from the final squad with the player saying sports science data suggested he was on the brink of picking up an injury after a long season with Arsenal.

Wilshere played 53 games for Arsenal and Pearce feels that if the club were so worried, they could have pulled him from the line of fire during the campaign.

"Arsenal haven't left him out in the last six weeks of the season, even though stats said he's in the red zone," Pearce is quoted as saying in The Sun. "Arsene didn't want him to go full stop."