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Thierry Henry backs Arsenal to recover should Robin van Persie leave

Thierry Henry insists Arsenal will overcome the loss of Robin van Persie should be leave the Gunners.

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Despite having represented England on only five occasions, the 20-year-old Arsenal midfielder is already considered as a key first-team player and a future captain of the national team. Wilshere has missed almost the entire season with a stress fracture to his ankle and then the Achilles injury. He is also set to miss the unique opportunity to represent the Great Britain team at the Olympic football tournament.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere key to England future says Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp believes Jack Wilshere can help take England to the next level - but he does not expect overnight improvement.

Roy Hodgson issues orders to Andy Carroll before extra time last night

England manager Roy Hodgson takes positives from Euro 2012

Roy Hodgson is using Germany's example as proof England fans should not feel too negative about the future of the national side.

<b>Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18 (England)</b><br/>
The former Southampton player, who is comfortable on either wing or playing centrally in midfield, has adapted remarkably well to playing at a higher level since being signed by Arsenal for a fee in the region of £15m. He has even drawn comparisons to the impact Wayne Rooney made on English football with his fearless brand of football and the excitement he has generated. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been thrilling fans and the media since Alan Pardew gave him his first-team debut at just 16. Arsenal captain Robin van Persie rates his teammate highly:

Sam Wallace: Is Chamberlain the answer to midfield jinx?

Euro 2012 has turned into a tournament made for Michael Carrick. The problem is that Michael Carrick fell out of love with playing for England a long time ago.

Midfield state of play: Who’s out?
Injured: Barry, Wilshere, Rodwell,
Huddlestone, Lampard (right)
Retired: Carrick, Scholes
And that leaves...
Henderson, Jones, Gerrard, Milner,
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Parker,
who is carrying an injury

Sam Wallace: Is Chamberlain the answer to midfield jinx?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has already impressed the senior squad players in the short time the England camp has been together

Gareth Barry

Roy Hodgson assured Gareth Barry he has England future

Roy Hodgson has promised Gareth Barry he still has a future with England.

Robin van Persie has one-year remaining on his contract

Arsenal must keep Robin van Persie warns Patrick Vieira

As Robin van Persie headed for Switzerland yesterday to join his international team-mates, with a contract extension at Arsenal still to be agreed, Patrick Vieira said it was vital to his old club that they retained the Dutchman.

Jack Wilshere is likely to return for Arsenal in about a month’s time

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to undergo further surgery

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is to undergo a minor procedure on his knee in the next few days, the club have confirmed.

David Beckham in action for LA Galaxy

David Beckham remains in the reckoning for Olympics after Stuart Pearce culls football squad list

David Beckham's Olympic dream remains intact after he survived the latest cut to Stuart Pearce's GB squad.

‘Whatever happens to me, happens to me’, says Harry Redknapp

Arsene Wenger joins those wanting early England appointment

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels the Football Association must sort out who will be England manager sooner rather than later.

The most valuable youngsters in world football: Jack Wilshere tops England's young players

Manchester United's Danny Welbeck, who revealed yesterday that Manchester City had rejected him as an eight-year-old trialist, has been rated at £11m in a table of the 30 most valuable young players in world football.

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Including Jack Wilshere, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Ian Wright

Manager Fabio Capello told FA's chairman it was not fair to punish Terry until it becomes official

Sam Wallace: 'England fatigue' is a worry, but not terminal

The snow is on the ground, and there are still five months until the European Championships begin, but there is an unmistakeable mood in the air. It is England-fatigue. Definition: apathy, bordering on extreme pessimism/irritation with the national football team vis-a-vis their chances at a forthcoming major tournament.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his full Premier League debut in the match against United

Arsenal players must ease pressure on Arsene Wenger says Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott has called on Arsenal's players to take responsibility and ease the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

Welbeck celebrates his winner at The Emirates

Five asides: What we learnt at the weekend

1 Danny Welbeck should start for England at Euro 2012

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