Pietersen hits back at Wilshere
Posted Friday, October 11 2013 at 01:00
London- Jack Wilshere was drawn into an extraordinary Twitter row with Kevin Pietersen on Wednesday night amid a backlash against his call for players born outside England not to be picked for the country.
Wilshere came under fire for declaring “the only people who should play for England are English people”, with Pietersen taking him to task on the social media website.
The Arsenal and England midfielder’s views were also branded “too extreme” by Greg Dyke, whose two predecessors as Football Association chairman also rejecting the youngster’s stance.
But it was Wilshere’s exchange with England cricket star Pietersen that proved most chastening for the 21-year-old, who nevertheless appeared to stand by his comments.
The row was sparked by Wilshere’s attempt to clarify comments he made on Tuesday related to the debate over whether Manchester United’s Belgian teenager Adnan Januzaj should be allowed to play for England.
Wilshere claimed on Twitter his views had been misrepresented but then preceded to repeat them, prompting a withering response from Pietersen, who was born in South Africa but is widely regarded as one of England’s best ever batsmen.
The 33-year-old, whose decision to pledge his allegiance to his adopted country has seen him suffer abuse from his former compatriots, asked Wilshere: “Interested to know how you define foreigner...? Would that include me, [Andrew] Strauss, [Jonathan] Trott, [Matt] Prior, Justin Rose, [Chris] Froome, Mo Farah?”
Wilshere responded: “With all due respect Mr Pietersen the question was about Football! Cricket, cycling, Athletics is not my field!” Pietersen hit back: “Same difference.. It’s about representing your country! IN ANY SPORT!”
Wilshere signed off with, “I agree thats exactly what I was saying....”, leaving it unclear whether or not he felt Pietersen should be allowed to play cricket for England. The midfielder’s views were backed by former England captain Alan Shearer, who said: “I’m of the opinion that to be English you should be born in England.”
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