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Pearce risks wrath of Wenger as Wilshere included in Great Britain's Olympic squad

Probably to the consternation of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, Jack Wilshere remains on Great Britain's 80-man list of contenders to feature at this summer's Olympics as selected by coach Stuart Pearce. The Gunners chief confirmed last week that Wilshere would miss Euro 2012 after failing to recover from an ankle injury that has kept him out of the entire season.

However, the 20 year old was in the 80-man provisional squad Pearce selected last week.

And the Great Britain coach has confirmed he will not rule anyone out until he is satisfied they cannot play, even if the odds on Wilshere making the final 18-man squad appear extremely remote.

"He is on the shortlist," said Pearce.

"We will look at everyone individually and check their fitness and the medical people will speak with the clubs.

"We do have to be acutely aware that with an 18-man squad, and possibly six matches in 16 days, all the players are fully fit.

"You can't be losing two or three to injury, otherwise you will be on the back foot."

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