A poll!

Should Jack Wilshere go to the U21 World Cup with England?

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The Spoiler has largely ignored this question until… Now! Mainly because we thought Stuart Pearce and his boys would have the common sense not to include Jack Wilshere in his squad for the Under 21 World Cup in Denmark this summer.

According to the always excellent OptaJoe, Wilshere has played 3,729 minutes of competitive football for Arsenal this season, with only Laurent Koscielny playing more for the Gunners. He now looks set to have another couple of months of football on top of that.

Arsene Wenger is, needless to say, rather peeved…

The Gunners boss had this to say about his dirty pretty thing’s call-up:

“We have to accept and respect the choice even if I think it is the wrong decision. Jack Wilshere is in the red for a while now and this can be a risk for his health.

“He will respect the decision. He knows he is nearly at the end of his energy level but he is keen to do well. He has played nearly 50 games this year. To go to a tournament for me is a massive risk.

“I’m happy if the Under-21s do well because I want England to do very well. I think it is not the right decision but will respect it and let him go.”

As you can probably tell, The Spoiler doesn’t think the benefits of him going outweigh the risks involved.

Barring an injury (which is more likely the more games his tired bones play) he’ll be at Euro 2012 next summer and will end up playing for three years straight – we don’t reckon that’s good. Not good at all.

Or are we just being massive wusses? Let us know what you think with a click and a comment…

4 responses so far
  • Omar // May 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    It’s ridiculous, if you look at the stats of players who have gone to previous Championships (http://wp.me/p1j6Sz-5A), he’s bound to come back and get injured. Why do we always value intangible results?!

  • Daniel // May 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Jack is in way over his head

  • Liam // May 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Yes he’s under 21 years of age but still, he’s a senior international, a regular in the England team so he shouldn’t be taking part in u21 tournaments.

  • V // May 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    On a serious note, I think this should be taken care of internally. Such as FA officials or the coach himself with simple private talks on whether he feels fit, and supposes he will be fit afterwards, to take part or not.

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