Wilshere remains on Team GB shortlist despite injury

Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce has refused to rule out picking the young midfielder despite Arsene Wenger’s recent comments ruling his out of Euro 2012 and the Olympics
Team GB coach Stuart Pearce has refused to rule out the possibility of Jack Wilshere representing the side during this summer’s London Olympics, after confirming he remains on a shortlist of players.

The midfielder has failed to make a competitive appearance for the Gunners this season and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently ruled him out of contention for England’s Euro 2012 squad as well as Team GB’s.

However, Pearce has stated he could still be in line for a place in his 18-man squad, telling reporters: "He's on the shortlist, that's for sure."

The current interim England coach also revealed David Beckham could yet make Team GB's squad, although his form and fitness will ultimately decide whether the former Manchester United and Real Madrid man is selected.

He added: "He'll be treated exactly the same as every other individual, whether they be young or over–age, form and fitness will dictate what the squad is and what the make-up of the squad will be.

"David falls into that category, [but] the main proviso for myself is I've a got a duty of care for Great Britain to try and win a gold medal, so the strongest possible squad that I can put on a football pitch in my mind will be that.

Pearce currently has an 80-man shortlist of potential options to pick from but has revealed his plans are on hold at the moment.

He continued: "We're looking to pick the squad, obviously we can’t pick the squad before the European Championships squad is picked which is on May 10, so sometime possibly the week after that, sometime mid-May.

"Then the Olympic squad will go out, which will be fair to the players, they'll have plenty of warning in regard to a summer break and obviously a fitness program and with a duty of care to the clubs as well for their pre-planning for pre-season."

Team GB have been drawn alongside Senegal, Uruguay and UAE and Pearce has confirmed he has already taken in one of their opponents games, adding: "I was fortunate to be at the Senegal game last night, so it’s given me an insight into Senegal.

"Uruguay were at the under 20 World Cup last summer, I was in attendance and I’d expect one or two from that squad to be in there.

"From a footballing aspect, we’re both delighted that the draw’s been made and it sharpens the focus with the run-in now to the start of the Olympics."