England U-21 manager Stuart Peace has announced his 40-man squad for the U-21 European Championships this summer, including Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Liverpool strike Andy Carroll in the preliminary roster. This move is likely to infuriate Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has expressed the opinion that since Wilshere now has caps for the senior side he should no longer be picked for the U-21s. Wilshere has appeared in over fifty matches for Arsenal this season and the club has a very real fear that he won't have enough time to rest if he participates in the tournament.
Pearce, on the other hand, wants to select the best players available to him - which definitely includes Wilshere and Carroll. Those in favour of including players already included in the senior squad site the success of the German players who won the U-21 tournament at the World Cup, andthere's another telling piece of the puzzle: Jack Wilshere has expressed his desire to play. Here's the full squad list:
Frankie Fielding (Blackburn Rovers), Scott Loach (Watford), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough), Alex McCarthy (Reading),
Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Michael Mancienne (Wolverhampton Wanderers - loan from Chelsea), Ben Mee (Leicester City - loan from Manchester City), Kyle Naughton (Leicester City - loan from Tottenham), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), James Tomkins (West Ham United), Kieran Trippier (Barnsley - loan from Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Aston Villa - loan from Tottenham Hotspur),
Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), Jack Cork (Burnley - loan from Chelsea), Tom Cleverley (Wigan Athletic - loan from Man Utd), Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers), Adam Hammill (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jordan Henderson (Sunderland), Jonathan Howson (Leeds United), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Henri Lansbury (Norwich City - loan from Arsenal), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Sinclair (Swansea City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Nathan Delfouneso (Burnley - loan from Aston Villa), Gary Hooper (Celtic), Jay Rodriguez (Burnley), Freddie Sears (West Ham United), Daniel Sturridge (Bolton Wanderers - loan from Chelsea), James Vaughan (Crystal Palace - loan from Everton), Danny Welbeck (Sunderland - loan from Man Utd), Connor Wickham (Ipswich Town)