Wenger doesn’t believe it will benefit players to drop down for next summer’s tournament in the Czech Republic.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe that it will benefit his young English players to travel to next summer’s European Under 21 championship in the Czech Republic, report the Mail, despite some suggestions that Gareth Southgate will adopt a policy of selecting players who already have senior caps to their names.
The trio from Arsenal would fall into that bracket are midfielders Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and right back Calum Chambers, all of whom were involved in England’s recent Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, both of which the Three Lions won.
Wenger, however, doesn’t believe that players should drop down to the Under 21s after receiving senior recognition:
“Once a guy has moved up to the full national team, you put him down and he is never good. On the selfish front for us, when a guy has played 50 games, it is better he has a good rest during the summer. But, most of the time, when they move down, they are not completely at their quality.”
England Under 21s manager Gareth Southgate has already selected the likes of Manchester United left back Luke Shaw, despite him having been involved with the senior squad, and could turn to others when England travel to the Czech Republic next summer after securing their place with a play-off victory against Croatia this week.