England have permanently switched their preferred training ground from Arsenal’s London Colney to Tottenham’s Enfield because Arsenal made them feel less welcome according to a report on Tuesday morning.
Writing in the Daily Mail on Tuesday, Charles Sale says, “Tottenham’s Enfield training ground has permanently replaced Arsenal’s as the FA’s preferred England training base when the squad are staying at the Grove Hotel in Watford, despite Spurs’ site being 20 minutes’ drive beyond London Colney.
“Building work at Arsenal was originally given as the reason for the switch after Euro 2016. But FA insiders claim England have been made far more welcome by Spurs, while there were problems with individuals at Arsenal over access, especially on media days, and the use of particular pitches.”
Arsenal are known to be incredibly strict when it comes to access to the media and they certainly like to control the message that comes out of the club. What individuals the club have issues with, however, I could not say but it reads like Arsenal have some problems with certain journalists.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly furious with how England have treated Jack Wilshere, believing they pushed him too hard resulting in the knee injury that ruled him out of England’s friendlies and has put his World Cup participation at risk.
An exclusive in the Daily Star by David Woods, said, “Arsenal are angry with England for pushing Jack Wilshere too hard while he was with the national team.
“Injury-prone Wilshere had to pull out of the squad on the eve of Friday’s friendly in Holland with a knee issue.
“On Saturday it was confirmed he would not recover in time to face Italy.
“Starsport understands the Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate avoided a flashpoint with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger only because Wilshere is set to be available for the visit of Stoke this Sunday.
“But there has been concern at the club at the way Wilshere was ‘managed’, with the 26-year-old understood to have been worked hard in training during his four days with England.”
Gareth Southgate said of Wilshere after the midfielder picked up his first injury of the season, “It is a shame. He is a player we wanted to have a look at more closely and for him to stake his claim for a place.
“It’s frustrating for him. But the most important thing for him at the moment is that he has come such a long way in the last 18 months from a couple of serious injuries.
“He’s still young, there’s still opportunities with England in the future.”
Jack will be 30 when the next World Cup rolls around.