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Wilshere "gutted" after he is ruled out of Euro 2012

Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of Euro 2012.

The Arsenal and England midfielder, who suffered a stress fracture to his right ankle in pre-season, Tweeted: "Gutted, sad, devastated. It's been a test mentally for me this season and it will continue to be tough until I am back out on the pitch."

Wilshere played for the England Under-16s aged 14 in 2006 and was involved with the England Under-17s a year later. In 2009, he starts two games at the European Under-17 Championships, and won his first senior cap in a friendly against Hungary in 2010.

He made his full England debut last year, starting in the friendly against Denmark.

The 20-year-old, who made 49 appearances for Arsenal and five for England last season, sustained the injury in Arsenal’s friendly against New York Red Bulls in July and has not played for Arsenal since.


"My ankle is good,” he said. “I just have a few niggles and having been out so long I will not be fit enough for the Euros.

"I hope England can do well and bring home the cup! I will be watching and cheering the boys on like a proper England fan!"

His manager Arsene Wenger said: "He is not ready to practice today or next week. He makes progress, but slow progress. He will not be ready for the end of the season and not for the Euros. He is devastated, and you can understand that.

"What kept him going until now was that he still felt if it was not with us, he will still have a good chance to go to the Euro, but that is over now as well," Wenger added.

"We had a chat about it this week. His progress is not quick enough."

‘The Olympics would be the worst idea for him’

Wenger also ruled out the possibility of Wilshere representing Team GB at the Olympics this summer.

The Olympics football tournament starts on July 26 – and clashes with the start of the Premier League season.

Wenger added: "The Olympics would be the worst idea for him. When a guy has not played for a year, he needs a good preparation and a slow preparation after to start the season.

"Once he is fit, he can think about the national team as well.

"It is not I do not want him to go to the Olympics, it is just that now he has other priorities than that."

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