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Sunday 21 January 2018

Dalglish and Wenger slam demands on young players

Rory Smith

Arsene Wenger and Kenny Dalglish last night entered the club v country row by voicing concerns over possible burn-out of some of their best young players.

The Arsenal manager is to speak to England coach Fabio Capello about Jack Wilshere's call-up to the England U-21 squad for the European Championships in Denmark this summer and yesterday criticised new Wales manager Gary Speed for handing the principality's captaincy to Aaron Ramsey at the age of 20.

Wilshere (19) will have clocked up 53 appearances this season if he plays in Arsenal's final three games.

"Of course I will talk to Fabio Capello," said Wenger. "But the FA have to make up their mind."

If, as expected, Wilshere goes to the finals, Wenger will give the player four week's rest, meaning he will miss pre-season and the start of the season.

Speed's surprise decision to make Ramsey captain ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier against England still rankles with Wenger.

"I feel the Welsh period came a bit early for him," said Wenger. "I really feel it was a bit too much pressure on him after not being completely ready himself."

Dalglish, meanwhile, broke his silence over Andy Carroll's inclusion in the U-21 squad by taking issue with coach Stuart Pearce's assertion that he had to take his strongest possible squad.

"For me, the benefit of having younger teams is to use them to get the best players into the full team," said Dalglish.

"Andy has played a number of games for the younger teams and he has played for the full international team, so it has certainly served its purpose in his development.

"The important thing is not to win a competition, it is to get people progressing through the system." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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