It has been an eventful and infamous one week for Arsenal star Jack Wilshere. The England star was caught in a club with a cigarette dangling from his lips and got a severe flaking from Wenger but he returned into his manager’s good books with a superb striker at earned Arsenal a draw against West Brom at the weekend, maintaining Arsenal’s stay at the top of the EPL log going into the international break and ending his long wait for another Premier League goal after his last which was in 2010. He seems to have irked a section of England after cautioning against the call-up of non-English men which includes Manchester United’s rave of the moment Januzaj to the Three Lions squad.
“No, for me, if you are English, you are English, and you play for England
“The only people who should play for England are English people.
“If you’ve lived in England for five years, for me, it doesn’t make you English. You shouldn’t play. It doesn’t mean you can play for that country.
“If I went to Spain and lived there for five years, I’m not going to play for Spain. For me an English player should play for England really.”
“I think it’s better if there is an Englishman [in charge], but don’t get me wrong, Fabio Capello did a lot for my England career.
“He brought me here, gave me my debut and stuck with me form a young age, so he was a good manager as well.”
This statement of his has drawn huge criticism from former England player John Fashanu who tweeted
Personally, I believe anybody should be allowed to play for England or another country provided he is cleared by FIFA and adjudged good enough to wear the country’s colours by the coaches. Even the great Spain once used Marcos Senna. Wilshere retorted by saying : ‘I wasn’t referring to Januzaj. The question was should foreign players be allowed to play for England, and in my opinion I don’t think they should!
‘He is a great player. I wish he was English! I’m sure most of you agree with me.’
While I understand Wilshere’s position as he was only making known his own opinion on the subject but it seems his opinion wasn’t really a popular one. For now, it would be worthwhile if Wilshere kept his counsel on the England set-up to himself. He is still a ‘kid’ in the Three Lions setup and he should allow the more senior members of the squad to voice their opinion.
I love Wilshere and my take on the subject isn’t to insult him but rather to keep him focused on doing well for Arsenal rather than dissipating his energy on issues that bother on England where he has no real say.