Day: May 7, 2011

Carroll, Wilshere And The England Under-21s

Stuart Pearce’s selection of Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll in the England  squad for the European Under-21 Championships in Denmark this summer and this has, predictably enough, reignited the club versus country debate. Luke Edwards reports. To go, or not to go? That is the question facing Jack Wilshire and Andy Carroll, after Stuart Pearce named the Arsenal and Liverpool players in his provisional 40-man squad for the European Under-21 Championships, which take place in Denmark this summer. Both Wilshire and Carroll want to go and play in it, whereas, perhaps understandably, Kenny Dalglish and Arsene Wenger would both prefer that they rested for the summer. Wenger especially seems to be of the opinion that Wilshire would suffer burnout and that he doesn’t want him to shoulder such a burden at just nineteen years old. Patrick Barclay, on the other hand, made a strong case in favour of them going in The Times recently in stating that going to a tournament where they will be amongst the favourites will give them experience at international will benefit them in the long term. Indeed, Barclay cited the case of the current generation of German players, some of whom were in the team that comprehensively beat England at the World Cup last summer, as a strong reason for why Wilshere and Carroll should go to Denmark. Of the German team for that...

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