Wilshere's England comments: But what did Wenger say re: Frimpong in 2010?

Jack Wilshere says only if you are born in England, should you play for England.

Jack Wilshere has already disagreed with Arsene Wenger once in the past week, but it would appear the two have differing views regarding international eligibility too.

The Arsenal midfielder has sought to stub out suggestions England should call up Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj when he becomes eligible, providing he has not committed his future to Belgium or Albania by then.

The suggestion was put forward by Match of the Day host Gary Lineker at the weekend following discussion with studio guest England manager Roy Hodgson.

Jack Wilshere has however given his succinct view on the matter:

"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."

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We wonder if Wilshere was this vocal regarding the international future of clubmate Emmanuel Frimpong a couple of years ago, when he was weighing up England or Ghana.

For it seems manager Arsene Wenger did not feel the same way. Wenger told the BBC in 2010:

"Here you have a boy who can choose between England and Ghana. So if I was in your place, I would have no hesitation and invite him to play very quickly for England."

Not exactly a strong stance against such a switch. Frimpong at least later committed to Ghana.

It may be lost on Wilshere that former Gunners captain Patrick Vieira would not have been eligible to play a role in France's World Cup winning squad in 1998, for he was born in Senegal.

While we also wonder what he makes of Harlow born Carl Jenkinson, his teammate for Arsenal and now committed to England - but the right-back had previously appeared for Finland's under-21 side before he thought an England call possible.

Clearly Wilshere is making valid point he believes is valid, but 'working the international system' has been going on for decades, see Tony Cascarino and Ireland.s cut and dry.

Regardless of the arguments for and against Januzaj, taking such a one-size fits all view may not be the answer, and as displayed above, Arsene Wenger is not necessarily in agreement.

What do you think of Wilshere's comments.

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