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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wilshere a Possibility for Euro 2012 - Wenger

Young midfielder, Jack Wilshere, could be a surprise addition to the squad for the European Championship, which begins on June 8 in Poland and the Ukraine.
"The next three weeks will decide what happens", said Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger.

Wilshere would, ordinarily, be a dead-cert for inclusion in the England side. However, a stress fracture to his ankle has kept the 20-year-old away from the football pitch for the entirety of the 2011/12 season. Fans of Euro 2012 betting will know it looks unlikely he will play a part in the run in.

The Stevenage-born player is pencilled in for a return to action on April 28, when the Gunners play Stoke in one of the final games of the current league campaign. Arsenal will then play Norwich and West Brom.

Wilshere will, therefore, have just three competitive games to stake his claim in the England side before the Gunners pack up for the summer. "We'll see how well he progresses", Wenger continued.

The Frenchman warned that he would "intervene" if it became clear that playing in Eastern Europe, this summer, would hurt Wilshere further. "We've taken a very cautious approach with him. We'll not force him into training with any pain, so [his recovery] might have to be slower than expected."

Euro 2012 is one of two major football tournaments being held this year, with the other competition, at the Olympic Games, beginning in late July. Wilshire could make an appearance at both events, pending his recovery from injury those looking at the football betting odds will be wondering if he is ok.

Wenger does not want Wilshere to play at London 2012, noting that the location of the contest on the football calendar would "destroy" the first few weeks of the 2012/13 season. "We would rather he went to the Euros than the Olympics."

Jack Wilshere has five caps for England at senior level. He made his full debut against Denmark, last year.

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