Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at Theo Walcott's expected selection for both the England senior squad and U21 European Championships this summer. The 20-year-old has been named in Fabio Capello's party to face Kazakhstan and Andorra on June 6 and 10 respectively in the Three Lions' 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign. However, the former Southampton starlet is also set to be included in the squad that travels to Sweden for the U21 European Championships, with England's first group-stage match against Finland on June 15. The tournament lasts for two weeks - with England losing to Holland in a marathon penalty shootout last time out - and Wenger has revealed he has informed the Football Association of his displeasure at the impending situation. The Frenchman is unwilling to see his prize asset partake in so much summer action, particularly as Walcott has endured an injury-plagued campaign and is in need of a break. "My feeling is that I am against it," he said. "I let it be known to the FA that he should not play in both national teams during the holiday period. "It is difficult for us to accept, but the rules are on the side of the federation and we cannot do anything about it. "It is not logical that he plays for the first team and the U21s during the holiday period. "I do not want Theo to stop playing for the U21s, but I think that during the holiday period he should choose one or the other. "He wants to play. The player wants to play and I can understand that." ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter
26 May 2009
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