COPENHAGEN DENMARK - FEBRUARY 08: Jack Wilshere is challenged by Wayne Rooney during an England Training Session at the Parken Stadium on February 8 2011 in Copenhagen. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll Not In England U-21 Squad

Jack Wilshere has pulled out of the U-21 European Championships after a highly public row between Stuart Pearce and Arsene Wenger regarding the young midfielder's possible overuse.

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Stuart Pearce's Squad For U-21 European Championships Announced

So Stuart Pearce does not have access to the likes of Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll for the U-21 European Championships this summer. That's all very well, but who's actually making the trip to Denmark? Prepare for some interesting (and not so interesting) names:

Goalkeepers: Frankie Fielding (Derby County), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough), Alex McCarthy (Reading),

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Sunderland), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Sinclair (Swansea City)

Forwards: Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Connor Wickham (Ipswich Town)

Goalkeeper doesn't look that exciting, but Pearce should be able to count on a robust defence that includes the likes of Kieran Gibbs (an Arsenal player with a full senior cap, by the way), Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Micah Richards while his midfield features the talents of a number of Premier League regulars. Up front, the absence of Andy Carroll means that Dannys Welbeck and Sturridge will get to shine on a relatively big stage - it'll be interesting to see how they fare after strong seasons on loan at Sunderland and Bolton respectively.

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Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll Not In England U-21 Squad

Arsene Wenger's long nightmare is over. Jack Wilshere will not be with the England U-21 squad as they prepare to take on the world Europe this summer, which will prevent his career being utterly destroyed by the malign force of evil that is Stuart Pearce or something like that. Oh, and Andy Carroll won't be there either, but that's not such a big deal*.

Wilshere, apparently, wanted to be included, which led to some Arsenal fans questioning whether he should be allowed to play (for his own good, of course). However, Wilshere was shown GPS footage of his movement throughout matches over the course of the season and agreed with Arsenal's conclusion that he was on the verge of injury:

Over the last few weeks I have been feeling tired and my GPS results have shown that. It shows I am heading for an injury and that is the last thing I want. Especially heading into the Euros. There are players like Steven Gerrard who have been injured while I have been playing and I want to keep my place in the team and I have to be 100% to do that.

While it's easy to sympathise with the club when they say that Wilshere needs a summer off - his wages are paid by Arsenal, after all, it's also extremely easy to point to that quote as an example of gross overuse by a player barely in him majority by the Gunners. You know why he's tired? Because Wenger played him all the time despite his performance tanking as he racked up the games.

Anyway, the England U-21s are significantly weakened by the news, of course, but this may just be an opportunity for someone else to step up and take Wilshere's mantle in midfield. Jordan Henderson, anyone?

*Actually, this is a slightly interesting aside: Wilshere has been overworked this year and thus for fear of injury Arsenal didn't want to include him in the U-21 squad, whereas Carroll has not been overworked this year because of injury. So including him, presumably, was totally, cool - until it turned out he was actually too injured to play.

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