Wenger: Wilshire in U-21 squad

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims Jack Wilshere has

definitely made Stuart Pearce’s 23-man squad for the European

Under-21 Championship.

Pearce had been expected to announce his squad on June 1 but the

Football Association have confirmed that may well be brought

forward to Thursday afternoon.

Wenger said: “I heard he has been picked. We just have to accept

and respect the choice even if we think it is the wrong


Despite Wenger’s opposition, Wilshere’s selection is no

surprise, with Pearce having included him in his provisional 40-man

squad earlier this month.

Fellow senior international Andy Carroll was also included but

it is yet to be confirmed either way whether the Liverpool striker

will take his place in the final 23.