Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce says no manager will 'get a veto' with regards to his selection for this summer's Olympic Games, and would consider defying Arsene Wenger by naming Jack Wilshere in his squad.
The Arsenal midfielder features on Pearce's 80-man shortlist prior to the official announcement of his squad next month, even though Wilshere has not, and will not, play this season.
Wilshere sustained an ankle injury last summer and was initially supposed to be out for five months, but his progress was curtailed when he suffered a stress fracture in the New Year.
It was confirmed earlier this month that the 20-year-old would not feature again this campaign, with Arsenal instead focusing on ensuring Wilshere is 100 percent fit for next season.
Wenger even went as far to say that Wilshere competing in the Olympics for Team GB would be the 'worst idea' for the young midfielder, but Pearce is prepared to name him in the final squad.
“But, will any manager get a veto over who I select? Of course not.
"We would obviously let them know if their players are in contention and the dates they would need to be made available.
“But we’re talking about Great Britain here. The Olympic Games.
"If you strip it down solely to the players, this is an opportunity of a lifetime.
“Lionel Messi took his club to court because he wanted to play at the Olympics. That’s the best player in the world.
“I wouldn’t want to get into a legal battle, but we’re not talking about taking players away for a whole season.
"We’re not even asking them to miss a competitive match.”
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