By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal can soon provide the core of the England team.

With increasing media attention on finding the next generation of talent, Wenger sees Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere as the answer to England’s problems in the coming years.

Gibbs and Walcott, both 21, started against France on Wednesday and only injury prevented Wilshere, 18, from making his full senior debut. The trio are still establishing themselves but their club manager feels they have the required quality.

And it doesn’t stop there: Henri Lansbury’s regular appearances for the Under-21s means the future of English football not only looks bright – it looks Arsenal.

“I feel that we have four or five players who can be the backbone of the English team,” said Wenger. “Gibbs, Walcott, Wilshere and we have some other young players behind who can do that.

“I’m not as pessimistic as you are about England because of that one game. It was a friendly and England played it as a friendly.

“It is a very sensitive period for the players because inside the clubs they have huge demands at the moment.”

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19 Nov 2010