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Wenger warns Capello about Wilshere

posted 6 May 2011, 11:30 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 6 May 2011, 11:33 ]

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger hopes England coach Fabio Capello will handle Jack Wilshere carefully.

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Friday (May 6) warned England coach Fabio Capello to handle midfielder Jack Wilshere with care.

The 19-year-old has been included in England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce's provisional 40-man squad for this summer's European Championships despite establishing himself in Capello's senior side.

When asked at a press conference if he wanted Wilshere to play in the tournament Wenger said that although he would never discourage a player from representing his country the youngster needed to be handled carefully.

"I will never say that, first of all I don't feel I have the right to do that, I'm not English and I advocate English players to play for their country if they can," the Frenchman said. "But I would ask Fabio Capello to consider the consequences of a boy who is 19-years-old who has played around 50 games at the end of the season, will play for the first team then a tournament on the back of it and what the consequences will be for the next season."

Wilshere, who was voted the Professional Footballers' Association young player of the year in April, is expected to be in the senior side who play a European Championship qualifier against Switzerland on June 4, just a week before the Under-21 side start their campaign in Denmark.

With three games to go Arsenal trail leaders Manchester United who they beat 1-0 last week at the Emirates by six points and second place Chelsea, who meet United at Old Trafford on Sunday, by three points.

Wenger admits that it would take exceptional circumstances to close the gap but wants his team to give their all in their remaining games, starting with an away game at Stoke City on Sunday (May 8).

"There's a little chance yes, at the moment we have a five percent chance to be in the battle but the most important is for us to give absolutely everything to be in there. After you never know, but we need Chelsea to win and after that the two teams to drop points in one game, so we need exceptional positive circumstances," he said.

Arsenal's victory last week also rejuvenated Chelsea's title challenge but Wenger believes that playing what could turn out to be the championship decider at home will be a big plus for Alex Ferguson's side.

"We did ourselves a favour and indirectly Chelsea as well, but the only way we have a chance is for Chelsea to win the game," he said. "I believe Manchester United has an advantage because to play for the championship at home is a massive advantage but none of the teams is dominant enough at the moment to say they are clear favourites for me."