Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere was an unused substitute in England’s 2-1 win over Wales (Euro 2016 Group B), but could find himself in contention of playing in the Three Lions’ final group game given how disappointing Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli has been so far.
Wilshere was given around 15 minutes of playing time in England’s opening game draw against Russia and was praised by manager Roy Hodgson for providing a similar creative threat as Wayne Rooney, the man he replaced in the second-half. Wilshere is a known favourite of Hodgson’s, and the need to retain possession could make the Arsenal man a better fit with how Alli’s struggling to enforce himself.
Hodgson has been managing the 24-year-old this summer with well-measured substitute appearances, and he’s brought him off early into the second-half in the games he did start. For Arsenal, Wilshere played over an hour in each of his last two Premier League outings, and featured in all three of England’s pre-tournament friendlies – 66 minutes vs Turkey, 45 minutes vs Australia, 24 minutes vs Portugal.
While a surprise given his lack of playing time in 2015/16, Wilshere’s selection in the England side was with progression to the latter stages in mind. With England all but through into the knockouts, Hodgson will want to prep him for the second round by giving more game time in their final group game. It’s unknown if he’s ready to start, but his appearance is expected to some capacity.
England are 13/17 to win against Slovakia in their final Euro 2016 Group B clash, but will Jack Wilshere feature?