North Londoners had feared youngster being taken to Israel.
Arsenal will be relieved with the news that key midfield player Jack Wilshere will not be competing in this summer’s European Under-21 championship.
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England manager Roy Hodgson selected his senior squad for Wednesday’s friendly with Brazil at Wembley, while U21 coach Stuart Pearce also chose his squad for their match with Sweden at Walsall 24 hours earlier, and with the Gunners playmaker not selected in the latter, it now appears as though the North Londoners can breathe a sigh of relief after there were concerns that Wilshere may play in the summer tournament in Israel.
“It is not right to compare Jack with Zaha, Sterling and Shelvey, etc,” Hodgson said. “You have to give Wilshere the credit that he has established himself as a bona-fide first-team player.
“He will play against Ireland in May and come with us to Brazil after that.
“I don’t understand the burnout argument in that respect.
“Tournaments are played at the end of a football season. How do you avoid the players not having played a long season before, unless it is being suggested that anyone picked doesn’t play for their clubs for five or six weeks beforehand? I don’t think that would be very popular.
“We have spoken before about the intensity of the English season and how that impacts on us compared to other nations.
“But the Under-21 tournament finishes in the middle of June. I don’t think the Premier League kicks off again in the middle of August. Two months is a long time. Quite a lot of people in normal jobs wouldn’t mind two months of not having any real pressure to perform.
“Every club will try to protect its players and international matches do impact on clubs.
“That is a conundrum no-one can solve and will exist from now until the end of footballing time.”
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