Wilshere to spurn Pearce's Team GB call in Arsenal fitness bid
08:07 GMT, 26 April 2012
Jack Wilshere will shun the advances of Team GB and the chance to play at the Olympic Games in order to get fit for Arsenal duty.
Great Britain boss Stuart Pearce would like to select the youngster to become an integral part of his London 2012 squad.
But Wilshere has told Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger he knows playing a tournament in the summer could hamper his long-term fitness, according to a report in The Sun.
Decision: Jack Wilshere will play pre-season friendlies with Arsenal rather than perform at the Olympics
Wilshere was aiming to get back for Euro 2012 but was ruled out thanks to his ankle injury and now it appears he will not be playing any competitive summer football at all.
Instead he will go with the Gunners to play pre-season friendlies in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Nigeria.
The development will please Wenger who does not want any of his players to compete in the Olympic competition he labelled 'phoney', including Aaron Ramsey, another Team GB prospect.
Britain's men’s team have been drawn in Group A, with Senegal, UAE and Uruguay.
Pleased: Arsene Wenger will be happy with Wilshere's decision
This is not the first time Pearce and Wenger have been in disagreement; Pearce also wanted Wilshere to play for the England Under-21 squad at the Euro 2011 tournament.
Wenger won that battle too, with the youngster not travelling to the tournament.
Pearce still has another 79 players on his long-list, which he needs to whittle down to a final 18-man squad.