Wenger "regrets" losing Bothroyd

14 November 2010 06:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has congratulated Jay Bothroyd on his England call-up and admitted he regrets losing the striker. The Cardiff forward has been included in Fabio Capello's squad for Wednesday's friendly against France, 10 years after he was sold by Arsenal for disciplinary reasons. The 28-year-old threw a shirt at coach Don Howe after being substituted in an Under-19 match and was told by head of youth development Liam Brady he was no longer wanted at the club. He moved on to Coventry and has since had spells at Perugia, Blackburn, Wolves, Charlton and Stoke. He now seems to be thriving at Cardiff and has scored 15 goals this season to help the Bluebirds to the top of the npower Championship. Wenger said: "He is one of my regrets, he left very early. But I have said many times it is important a guy has a good career, even if he goes somewhere else. "He went down but has come back up again and we are all very proud of him at Arsenal."

Source: PA