By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger says FIFA rules dictate that players must be given a four-week break even if they take part in summer competitions.

If selected, Jack Wilshere will represent England in the European Under-21 Championships, which take place in June.

If the 19-year-old does travel to Denmark as part of Stuart Pearce's squad, Wenger expects him to miss the start of the 2011/12 campaign because he will need a four-week holiday - in line with the current regulations.

"It is a bit of a grey area but the rules from FIFA are that you have to give four weeks holiday to a player, it is compulsory," said Wenger.

"And I always do it, I give a minimum of four weeks. For example our players playing in international games come back on July 6, if they play on June 6. We have to respect that.

"FIFA rules are on [England's] side as well - if they want to use Jack I cannot do anything about it.

"I can understand that the boy wants to go but they have as well maybe to consider that he will not be fit enough to play certainly for the friendly in August [against Holland] and he should be short for the qualifier [at Bulgaria] in September."

Wenger admits it's a problem that's unlikely to go away any time soon, with both the European Championships and the Olympics taking place in the summer of 2012.

"There are two tournaments next summer and this is the first year Wilshere plays so many games," said Wenger. "But England have to make that decision. We'll go along with their decision."

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15 Apr 2011