By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger will respect the decision to pick Jack Wilshere for the European Under-21 championships this summer - even if he does not agree with it.

The Arsenal manager had requested the 19-year-old not be selected in the England squad after an arduous season for his Club. However, speaking at Thursday’s press conference, Wenger revealed the midfielder would be named in Stuart Pearce’s final 23.

The Frenchman maintains Wilshere is running on empty at the moment and his inclusion is a “risk” but the youngster will now be on duty in Denmark.

“I have heard that he has been picked,” said Wenger. “We have to accept and respect the choice even if I think it is the wrong decision. Jack Wilshere has been in the red for a while now and this can be a risk for his health.

“He knows that he is nearly at the end of his energy level but he is keen to do well.

“He has played nearly 50 games this year so to go to a tournament [this summer] for me is a massive risk. I am happy if the Under-21s do well because I want England to do very well. I think it is not the right decision but will respect [it] and let him go.”

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19 May 2011