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Jack Wilshere eyes European Under-21 Championship spot

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Give Capello a break - Wilshere

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere hopes to play for England in the 2011 Under-21 European Championship in June.

Fabio Capello, England's senior team manager, started Wilshere, 19, in the 2-0 win over Wales on Saturday and the 1-1 draw at home to Ghana on Tuesday.

But Wilshere, who hailed Capello as "one of the best" bosses with whom he has worked, believes playing with the under-21s will improve his game.

"It can only be good for my career," the Gunners midfielder said.

"If you look at the Germans, when they won the under-21 tournament they went to the World Cup and had such a good tournament.

"It's important to start winning international tournaments early and hopefully you can take it to the world stage."

Wilshere has played 44 games for club and country this season, scoring two goals for Arsenal in the process.

The teenager was an under-21 regular before stepping up to the England senior squad in August 2010, when he played an eight-minute cameo in a 2-1 win over Hungary.

Wilshere impressed on his full debut in the 2-1 win over Denmark in February.

And the youngster also won plaudits for his performance at the heart of England's midfield in the Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

"Fabio Capello has proved it at clubs before and he has got a great record for England as well. He is one of the best managers I've ever worked with. People need to get off his back a little bit."
Jack Wilshere

A further 69-minute appearance against Ghana in the friendly at Wembley that followed looks to have cemented his position as a senior player.

But while Wilshere believes that his involvement in the under-21s could help his game in the long run, he has said the final decision on his selection rests with his respective managers.

"I want to play but it's up to [England Under-21 boss] Stuart Pearce, Fabio Capello and my manager at Arsenal [Arsene Wenger] - they will talk about it and see what's best for me," he added.

Wilshere may have to wait to see if Capello allows him to return to the under-21s but the player has given the Italian his own backing.

The midfielder, who has played for Luton Town, Arsenal, Bolton (on-loan) and all England youth levels, described the former Real Madrid boss as a "great manager".

"Before the World Cup he couldn't do wrong, and since the World Cup everyone has been getting onto his back," Wilshere stated.

"I think we need to give him a break. He is a great manager.

"He has proved it at clubs before and he has got a great record for England as well.

"He is one of the best managers I've ever worked with. People need to get off his back a little bit."

England under-21s will face Norway in Southampton on 5 June in a final friendly before the European Championship kicks off on 11 June.

Pearce's side will face Spain, Ukraine and the Czech Republic in the group stages on 12, 15 and 19 June respectively.



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