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Wenger warning for capello

ArsEne Wenger has warned Fabio Capello that England could suffer at next year's European Championships if excessive demands are placed on Jack Wilshere.

Capello already regards Wilshere as an automatic selection in his senior team but has also backed Stuart Pearce in expecting the Arsenal midfielder to play in the European U-21 Championship finals this summer in Denmark.

England's handling of Wilshere sparked further controversy this week when Capello made him the only player from a club who have been competing in the Champions League to be selected both against Wales and in Tuesday's friendly against Ghana.

"A lot happened last week that defied common sense," said Wenger.

Wilshere has already played 44 times this season in his first full year in senior football and, if he does play in the U-21 tournament, that tally could theoretically rise to 60 matches.

"Nobody in the world, I think, has brought more young players out than I have and I have a good experience of what kind of stages they go through," said Wenger.

"Experience helps you to anticipate problems. You know this car will hit the wall at some stage and you see it a little bit earlier than somebody who has less experience. It is normal that you play many games, but there is a number you have to respect and make sure you do not make a mistake with a promising player."

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