Euro 2012 qual. - Wenger: Wilshere won't play

Mon, 08 Aug 09:33:00 2011

Arsene Wenger has insisted Jack Wilshere will not play in England's friendly against Holland on Wednesday despite being called up by Fabio Capello.

Euro 2012 qual. - Wilshere ruled out by boss

The inclusion of the Arsenal midfielder - already the subject of a club-versus-country row this summer - came despite him missing the Gunners' pre-season defeat to Benfica on Saturday night with an ankle problem.

And speaking after the match, Wenger insisted Capello was wasting his time by including the 19-year-old.

"They can include him as much as they want, he will not play [because of injury]," Wenger said on Arsenal's website.

Theo Walcott also missed the 2-1 loss to Benfica, but had not been selected by Capello.

Should Wilshere be withdrawn, he will join Aston Villa's Darren Bent in pulling out of the game, with more absentees expected.

PA Sport

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