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The big news story of the day concerns Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and comments regarding eligibility for the national side concerning Adnan Januzaj.
Wilshere claimed on Twitter this afternoon he had been stitched up and made to look foolish, but not everybody was so convinced.
The Mirror printed this transcript of the conversation:
Oliver Kay (The Times): Jack, there has been lots of talk over the last few days about the lad Januzaj, who is at United, in terms of playing for England in the future … with players like you, Ross Barkley and Ravel Morrison all coming through what would your view be about playing with foreign players with England, or even watching them from the bench?
Jack Wilshere: No, for me if you are English you are English and you play for England. The only people who should play for England are English people. If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English. You shouldn’t play ... it doesn’t mean you can play for a country. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I am not going to play for Spain.
Wilshere has been criticised over his comments, with nationalised England cricketer Kevin Pietersen presenting his view, asking the midfielder on Twitter: Interested to know how you define foreigner...? Would that include me, Strauss, Trott, Prior, Justin Rose, Froome, Mo Farah?
FA Chairman Greg Dyke has also dismissed Wilshere's argument, stating: "He’s entitled to his opinion but I don’t happen to agree with it, if we only looked at people who were born in the country, Mo Farah wouldn’t have represented the UK at the Olympics."
England 1966 World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst has also disagreed with Wilshere, arguing: 'We're not developing, quite clearly, enough English-born, talented, potential world class players and that's got to change if we're going to be a force to be reckoned with. So, a couple of players we've seen over the weekend, if we can get them in the squad and play for England and one or two more, it bodes very well for the future and the next few years.’
We have also taken a look at Wilshere's comments and how they contradict statements made by Arsene Wenger regarding Emmanuel Frimpong, as well as actions of former Finnish under-21 international Carl Jenkinson and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, born outside of France, the country he represented.
In other news, Arsenal defender Laurent Kosicelny has picked up a calf injury in training for France. The severity is unclear, but it is enough for Didier Deschamps to call up Kurt Zouma as cover.
Right-back Bacary Sagna's future remains unclear with his contract due to expire at the end of the season. The Mail report that while Arsenal want to re-open talks over a new deal, it looks 'increasingly likely' the defender will leave, said to have admitted privately it will be his final season, with a move to PSG most likely.
Arsenal are said to be monitoring goalkeeper Brad Guzan of Aston Villa with a view to a move at the end of the season, according to a report on the MLS website. Guzan was voted Villa's player of the year in 2012/13.
And finally, Mesut Ozil has been speaking about his move to Arsenal, saying he will 'give everything he has got', and discussing the importance of having compatriots Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker to settle in.
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