Jack Wilshere should drop down to England U21s, Arsenal legend tells talkSPORT

first_imgDavid Seaman says Jack Wilshere should be included in the England Under-21 squad for this summer’s European Championship.The Arsenal midfielder has been part of the senior set-up for the past five years but Seaman believes dropping down would benefit the player, who has missed a large chunk of the season through injury, as well as the Young Lions.Wilshere turned 23 in January but is still eligible for selection for the Under 21s under UEFA regulations and the former Gunners goalkeeper told talkSPORT: “I’d like to see him go [to the Czech Republic].“He has not played a lot of football this season and, if he is fit, he should go.”Seaman is of the opinion that Gareth Southgate should be able to select the best players available to him for the European Championship.Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw look unlikely to feature having been moved up to the senior squad, but Seaman said: “You have got to take your best players.“You take your big guns. You play your best team possible and if that includes all the guys with the full team now, then so be it. You want to win the competition.”last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy participation not yet certain but BCCI unveils new jersey

first_imgChinese Mobile makers Oppo with whom the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have struck a record deal of Rs 1080 crores over five years for jersey rights, unveiled the Indian limited overs jersey for the Men in Blue at a launch event in Mumbai.While the jersey launch was studded with glitz and glamour, the new sponsors are still in the dark over India’s participation in the Champions Trophy. Given the BCCI’s prevailing standoff with the ICC over the revenue model, the sponsors cannot be certain if they will be able to showcase their brand name for the first time with the Indian team.Welcome to the Indian Cricket Family – @oppomobileindia #OPPO #TeamIndia – @RJohri pic.twitter.com/hDoLAq6XJn- BCCI (@BCCI) May 4, 2017No Indian player was in attendance at the launch while the BCCI was represented by CEO Rahul Johri and Committee of Administrators (COA) member Diana Eduljee. BCCI office bearers, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and acting President CK Khanna, who would otherwise be in attendance, gave the event a miss.Asked about the irony in timing of the jersey launch with BCCI contemplating a pullout of the Champions Trophy, all the CEO could say was, “Lets wait for the SGM on Sunday.”However, the sponsors, players and fan can afford to breathe a little easy thanks to the CoA’s assurance to Virat Kohli that India will indeed get to defend the Champions Trophy they won back in 2013. The Supreme Court-appointed panel has also asked the BCCI to convene a selection meeting to pick the team for the Champions Trophy.advertisementlast_img read more