The Sun is reporting this morning that Jack Wilshere will snub ‘Team GB’ if selected by Stuart Pearce for this summer’s Olympics football tournament.
The midfielder has apparently told Arsene Wenger that after a year out of the game his focus will be on regaining his fitness and sharpeness for Arsenal without the distraction of a tournament nobody really cares about.
Earlier this week, Pearce hinted strongly that he’d ignore Arsene Wenger’s desire for the player to concentrate on Arsenal, saying, “That’s his opinion. I can’t change his opinion, and it’s not of great concern to me. Will any manager get a veto over who I select? Of course not.”
Suggestions that Wilshere would be open to criticism for choosing not to represent Team GB are flawed, simply because Team GB is an artificial construct and is in no way similar to turning down selection for his country.
In fact, almost anyone with a brain – which does rule out Pearce, in fairness – would accept the fact that at 20 years of age, having missed an entire season due to injury, the best thing for Wilshere is for him to have a gradual, managed re-introduction to football rather than being thrown in immediately to competitive environment.
Still, this report is via The Sun so while we hope it’s accurate we have taken a large pinch of salt with it. Let’s hope the salt is not needed.