Jack Wilshere should be in England squad, says Arsene Wenger

Jack Wilshere should be in England squad, says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there is no excuse for leaving Jack Wilshere out of the England squad, providing he is fit.

Wilshere has played only 15 minutes of Premier League football despite his return to fitness, with current England boss Gareth Southgate in the stands for his brief cameo appearance as a substitute for Lacazette in the 2-5 win against Everton at Goodison last month.

Wilshere's last England cap came as a substitute in the shock 2-1 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016 which led to Roy Hodgson's departure as manager.

Even though Southgate travelled to the Emirates on Saturday in the hope of seeing Wilshere in the Premier League and discussed the 25-year-old's prospects with Wenger before kick-off, the Frenchman once again left the player on the bench.

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Wilshere was last called up for global duty a year ago when, on loan at Bournemouth, he was an unused substitute against Scotland and Spain.

Even though Wilshere is not yet a regular in the Premier League team, Wenger has backed the 25-year-old for a return to the global fold this month, ahead of a push for England's squad for the 2018 World Cup.

"Personally I think he is ready". Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud will also feature in a team that is a mix of youth and experience. Everybody in the medical department just says he's exceptional.

"I wanted to give him six months not to think about that and see where we go". He has the attributes because, despite his size, he's very good in the air. 'He was not three weeks ago, he is today. In every single competition, he's ready to play.

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'I would encourage him to do it.

"I can only repeat what I personally think: I don't know how you can keep a super-fit Jack out of the England squad", Wenger said.

Wilshere has made himself a regular for Arsenal in the Carabao Cup and Europa League, a run he is likely to continue against Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates tomorrow evening. I manage him like every single player.

Southgate has already revealed that he wants England to play with three-at-the-back at the World Cup and, interestingly, England have also been running the rule over Swansea central defender Alfie Mawson.

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