Wilshere in U21 squad – Wenger

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 decision.” 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.