Arsene Wenger says Theo Walcott is staying at Arsenal and he could be England’s “surprise” package at Euro 2016, whilst selecting his three stars of Euro 2016.
The Arsenal chief was asked for his selections ahead of next month’s European Championships and the Frenchman, who was somewhat predictably keen on France’s chances, thinks England and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be one of the stars of the tournament because he will be well rested.
“In the tournaments, we have many surprises,” said Wenger when asked for his star of the tournament.
“In Portugal (European Championships 2004) the player of the tournament was (Theo) Zagorakis so that shows it can be anybody.
“I think Pogba or Griezmann, or Sturridge – who has not had a long season – could do well.”
Sturridge has only made 25 appearances this season, scoring 12 goals, after struggling with hip, knee and hamstring injuries over the last 12 months.
Asked who would win the tournament, Wenger added: “It is a difficult question. I am as bad as the press at predictions. I believe France has a good opportunity because they are traditionally good at home.
“You have to consider Germany and Spain and outsiders such as Belgium and England. The first round will be a warm-up and the competition will be exciting in the last 16.”
The Arsenal chief also expects midfielder Jack Wilshere to be included in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad.
“I expect Roy Hodgson to pick him. He is an important player due to his passing qualities. It could be in his favour [barely featuring this season].”
Wenger, who has denied he is set to sign a new two-year deal, also thinks Theo Walcott should be part of Hodgson;s squad and confirmed the forward will not leave Arsenal in the summer.
“I think he should go. He has gone through a bad spell. He has had a difficult period but in the last month, he has come back very strong.
“He could be a positive surprise for England. He will be here next season.”