Capello: Wilshere will cope

Wilshere told under-21 coach Stuart Pearce he was not making

himself available for this summer’s tournament in Denmark having

initially told the England camp he would love to play. The U-turn

was made after Wilshere was presented with data by the Arsenal

medical staff showing that he would be risking a major injury if he

extended his season beyond this evening’s Euro 2012 qualifier with

Switzerland at Wembley. It does seem the same situation will apply

in 12 months’ time, when Wilshere is expected to be in Capello’s

squad for the European Championship finals in Poland and Ukraine.

However, Capello insists he is not concerned. “All the players will

play a lot of games,” said the Italian. “Jack is really young and

will recover quickly. Injury-wise it is more difficult 10 years

into your career. “I don’t have a concern for Jack next year at

all.” Capello has seen no obvious reduction in standards this week

as England prepare for a game they need to win in order to retain

top spot in Group G. “He can play one game without any problems,”

said Capello. “During training he was really good, just like

everyone else.” Twelve months ago, England were preparing for a

World Cup campaign that could not have gone more wrong if Capello

had actually been trying to make a mess of it. The precise lessons

learned will not be known until Euro 2012, should England qualify,

although he is pointing to an emerging team as the basis of his

improvement. “We have some players who have got a lot better; like

Jack Wilshere and Ashley Young,” he said. “They have played more

difficult games at the top of the table, playing to reach the

Champions League. This is important. “We did really well away to

Switzerland, Denmark and Wales. “To qualify would be good but the

most important thing is to win trophies. We played really well in

qualification (for the World Cup), but we didn’t play well in South

Africa.” In the build-up to this evening’s sell-out contest,

Capello does not regard himself as a better coach for that

experience. Just a wiser one. “Before the World Cup I was sure the

team would play better,” he said. “What happened surprised me,

especially the physical situation. “Before, we had always played

fast. When we arrived at the World Cup, we were tired.”