U21 role would boost Carroll – Jack

Wilshere has already stated his desire to take part in the

tournament in Denmark in June despite reservations being expressed

by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The 19-year-old also feels

22-year-old Carroll would reap the benefits even though he has now

played twice for the seniors and netted in last night’s 1-1 draw

with Ghana at Wembley. When asked if playing for the under-21s

would aid Carroll, Wilshere said: “Definitely. Andy has got himself

a good move this year (to Liverpool) and he is progressing all the

time. “That goal against Ghana will be massive for his confidence.

“To be honest with you, it’s up to him. But, if he wants to go in

the summer, he should go. “The German Under-21 players (in 2009)

played in the World Cup 12 months later and that is part of

football. “You develop a lot and, if you play with players you

know, you are going to play well.” Wilshere rubbishes the theory

that Wenger will be upset that he has played in two successive

games in four days for his country against Wales and Ghana. He

said: “I’ve been playing Saturday and Tuesday or Wednesday when we

were in the Champions League. “Now we are out of the Champions

League, to be honest I could have played the full 90 minutes

against Ghana. “I just think the manager will be delighted I’ve

been picked for my national team. “I feel better than I ever have.

I’ve never played a full season but I feel fitter than I ever

have.” Wilshere believes England can look back with satisfaction at

their efforts over the past few days with the Euro 2012 qualifying

win over Wales and a much-changed side impressing against Ghana. He

said: “The mood is good. The main thing is on Saturday we got three

points and then we’ve tried new players against Ghana. “The new

players have done well. Stewart Downing did great, Ashley Young

again, James Milner. “There is more competition than ever and that

can only be healthy.” Wilshere again looked comfortable in a 4-3-3

formation alongside Gareth Barry and Milner compared to Scott

Parker and Frank Lampard in the Millennium Stadium. He said: “I

think the 4-3-3 system works best for the team and me personally.

“I prefer that system and now the manager (Fabio Capello) prefers

it. “It is similar to the one at Arsenal. It means you can move the

ball around and get more time on the ball and pass it around.”