By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is hopeful that England will handle Jack Wilshere with care.
The 19-year-old made his full international debut in midweek in the 2-1 win over Denmark in Copenhagen and has been touted as the player Fabio Capello can build his team around.
Wilshere is also eligible for the Under-21 side and could represent the younger generation in the European Championships this summer – just days after a Euro 2012 qualifier for the seniors.
Wenger has been down this road before with Theo Walcott in 2009 and he hopes that Wilshere’s development will come first when England consider how to use him.
“You know my position,” said Wenger. “I always think that you cannot use a player in two different national teams. Once he's moved up, if you move him down you don't help him at all, so I believe that would be a bad move.
“We had that situation before for Walcott, for other players. Once a player has moved up and you move him down again it never works. Psychologically you feel you go down.
“We have already spoken about that [with the England set-up]. It's difficult to use a player in different teams.
“If you have a good player who's talented, at the end of the day when you come out of a long season it's important you do not overload him.”Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 11 Feb 2011