Carroll worries rile Wenger

Image: Carroll and Wilshere: Pair are expected to be selected despite calls for them to be rested

Arsene Wenger has warned Stuart Pearce he would be playing a 'dangerous game' if Andy Carroll is left out of the England U21 squad.

Gunners boss would be disappointed if Liverpool forward is rested

Arsene Wenger has warned Stuart Pearce he would be playing a 'dangerous game' if Andy Carroll is left out of the England U21 squad. The Arsenal manager has a bone to pick with the Young Lions boss after learning that Jack Wilshere is to travel to this summer's European U21 Championships. Wenger has frequently called for the teenage midfielder to be spared international duty, with a gruelling domestic campaign having left him drained. The Gunners chief has even claimed that a trip to Denmark 'can be a risk to his health'. Pearce, though, has always stated that he intends to take his strongest possible side to the tournament. That would include Liverpool striker Carroll, who was included in a provisional 40-man squad. Fears of burnout have now been raised over the powerful frontman, as he has struggled with injury throughout a 2010/11 campaign which has taken him from Newcastle to Liverpool and seen him earn senior recognition with England.

Complaints

There is now a chance that he will be overlooked when the final 23-man party is named on Monday, but Wenger believes resting Carroll could be interpreted as double-standards. "I don't think he [Pearce] will do it because that is opening the door for any other complaints," said the Frenchman. "Players react like that, 'If he doesn't go, why do I go?' "That could be a dangerous game to leave Carroll behind. "It could create many other problems. "I would not be the first on the phone but there would be no logic in the attitude of selection." Wenger added: "I could understand if Carroll doesn't go for injury problems but for fatigue problems it would be more difficult to convince people in England he is more tired than Jack Wilshere."

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