Arsenal central midfielder Jack Wilshere is in England’s 26 man provisional squad for Euro 2016. The 24-year-old has been talked about as the future of the Three Lions midfield for a long time, but he has struggled to stay fit throughout his career.
Only made three appearances this season
As we all know Jack Wilshere has had an injury-plagued career so far for Arsenal. It seems he has spent more time on the sidelines than the pitch. His inability to stay injury-free has been displayed perfectly this season by the fact that Wilshere has made just three Premier League appearances and only one of those was a start.
In fact he has started as many games for England this season as he has for Arsenal and his display against Turkey on Sunday was not exactly encouraging.
Needs to prove his worth
England boss Roy Hodgson may be a fan of Wilshere. The fact that Wilshere has come straight back into the squad is a sign of how highly Hodgson rates the midfielder, but he surely has to prove his fitness and worth to the squad.
England needs to cut down the squad to 23 players, so three players from the provisional squad will have to be left out. Wilshere is likely to make the 23 man squad. However it will not be on merit or form, because the midfielder has not played enough to be in form.
The likes of Dele Alli and Danny Drinkwater have enjoyed good campaigns and despite their inexperience are surely more deserving of a place in the squad for next month’s competition. Even the Everton’s Ross Barkley started the season in good form, so if Wilshere gets into the squad it will be blind faith from Hodgson.
Still has a lot of potential
England kick-off their Euro 2016 campaign on 11th June against Russia. The Three Lions are odds of 17/5 to win the competition, but will need all their top players on their best form to reach the latter stages.
Jack Wilshere has shown in the past that he can grab games by the scruff of the neck, especially for England. At his best fit Wilshere has the potential to be a very good central midfielder, unfortunately he cannot stay fit longer to aide his development.
If Jack Wilshere is amongst the 23 man England squad he may count himself highly lucky, but maybe his selection could prove to be an inspired one by Hodgson.
Does Jack Wilshere deserve to be in England’s Euro 2016 squad?