Carroll omission would rile AW

Carroll’s participation at next month’s finals is shrouded in

mystery after Pearce delayed announcing his England squad until

next week. Pearce has already informed at least two players of

their fate, Arsenal manager Wenger yesterday confirming Jack

Wilshere’s selection, with Scott Loach having revealed on Wednesday

that he himself had not made the cut. Wenger was opposed to

Wilshere being drafted into the squad due to fears over burnout and

believes giving Liverpool striker Carroll permission to withdraw

could be interpreted as double-standards. “I don’t think he will do

it because that is opening the door for any other complaints,”

Wenger said. “Players react like that, ‘If he doesn’t go, why do I

go?’ “That could be a dangerous game to leave Carroll behind. “It

could create many other problems. “I would not be the first on the

phone but there would be no logic in the attitude of selection.”

Carroll has endured an injury-hit second half of the season and is

said to have questioned whether playing in the finals in Denmark

could do him more harm than good ahead of the new campaign. Wenger

added: “I could understand if Carroll doesn’t go for injury

problems but for fatigue problems it would be more difficult to

convince people in England he is more tired than Jack Wilshere.” It

is fair to assume the vast majority of the 40-man provisional party

named by Pearce earlier this month have now been made aware of

whether they have made the final 23 and full details of the squad

were expected to be released yesterday afternoon. But the Football

Association then revealed it will now be announced on Monday, the

same day as the senior squad for the June 4 European Championship

qualifier against Switzerland. The FA claimed the decision to delay

was made because it was felt it was better to wait until after

Sunday’s final round of Barclays Premier League games before going

public. But the change will only serve to fuel speculation over the

inclusion of Carroll. Like Wenger, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish

has suggested he is not in favour of players being drafted back

into the under-21 fold after graduating to the senior set-up.

Wenger has also expressed concern about 19-year-old Wilshere

suffering burnout as result of the number of games he has played

for club and country this season.