Arsenal star Wilshere in international tug-of-war

England U21 boss Stuart Pearce wants to take Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to the European Championships.

England U21 boss Stuart Pearce wants to take Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to the European Championships.

Pearce says he still wants Arsenal midfielder Wilshere to play for his kids at the Euros.

That is despite Three Lions chief Roy Hodgson insisting last week that Wilshere, 21, is in his seniors squad for their June 6 friendly in Brazil.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would also prefer Wilshere to travel to Rio rather than spend a month with the Young Lions in Israel.

But Pearce will ask Hodgson to let him have Wilshere AND fellow Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 19, for the summer finals.

Pearce said: “We will both look at it at the end of April to see who is fit and who needs tournament experience — and collate the squad from there.

“Will I ask him if I can select my strongest squad? Of course.

“Does that include Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? That’s down to Roy really. If he says to me they are available then I wouldn’t say no.”

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