Jack Wilshere has been told he must go back and play for the England U21's this summer by Arsenal legend David Seaman.
The Gunners' ace has had another difficult season because of injury, and has started just seven Premier League games - the last coming against Manchester United back in November.
The midfielder suffered serious ankle ligament damage in that game, which would require surgery and he underwent another procedure at the end of February.
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Wilshere has a been a regular for Arsenal and England throughout his career, but Seaman believes he should take a huge step backwards because of his lack of game-time this season. The Arsenal midfielder is 23 but able to play for England in the U21 European Championships this summer under UEFA guidelines.
He told TalkSPORT: "I'd like to see him go [to the Czech Republic]. He has not played a lot of football this season and, if he is fit, he should go."
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Seaman's claim is unlikely to be well received by either Wilshere or Arsenal fans given the amount of time he's missed for the Gunners in recent months. It's also likely to be considered a blow to Wilshere's pride. The midfielder was once considered the brightest prospect for both club and country.
The likes of Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling are all also eligible to play for Gareth Southgate's side this summer, but having received call-ups to the senior side are unlikely to feature.
However Seaman insisted that the best players available should be selected. That could include the in-form Harry Kane, who scored on his senior England debut against Lithuania on Friday.
"You have got to take your best players," the former Arsenal goalkeeper claimed. "You take your big guns. You play your best team possible and if that includes all the guys with the full team now, then so be it. You want to win the competition."
Jack Wilshere is at a crossroads in his career. After overcoming a string of injuries in 2012/13 he was meant to kick on and fulfil his potential, however it's not worked out like that. Indeed, he's played just 46 Premier League games in the last three seasons.
However it is foolish to suggest that somehow a few games for the U21 this summer will make any difference. Wilshere may well want some matches this summer but a full pre-season will get him right for the new campaign. Not travelling around with kids to eastern Europe.
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