Roy Hodgson is planning to invite Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere to an England squad meeting next week at St George’s Park.
The duo, who haven’t kicked a ball in anger since last season, will join fellow Gunners Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the casual catch-up as the national team ramp up their preparations for EURO 2016.
It’s expected as many as 40 of the 47 players called up in the past by Hodgson will be asked to attend.
The get-together is expected to take place on Thursday evening after the players have trained with their respective clubs.
Leaked documents reveal that the players will spend the night in a bespoke dormitory with 19 bunk beds made available for slumber. Harry Kane’s request, that he be allowed to sleep under a nearby bridge, has been accepted by the coaching staff. Fraser Forster will be asked to stand guard after reading the Sp*rs striker a bedtime story.
The rest of the squad are expected to be entertained by a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’ with Danny Dyer, the lead, doing a Q&A before and after. The itinerary reveals the players will then recite an oath to the Queen, eat a dinner of roast beef before retiring to the games room where Dapper Laughs will compère an hour of ‘pass-the-parcel’ and ‘musical chairs’.
Wilshere and Welbeck are likely to sit out both games for fear of paper cuts and sore bottoms respectively. Theo Walcott is keeping his fingers crossed that ‘hide-and-seek’ will be played after weeks spent honing his invisibility.
A smaller squad of around 23 will convene next month when England play friendlies in Germany and at home to Holland.