According to Sky Sports, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss out on Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England squad for this summer.
Wilshere had earned a recall to the Three Lions squad for the recent friendly internationals against the Netherlands and Italy. However, unsurprisingly the midfielder had to pull out due to injury.
Wilshere was in England’s squad for the ill-fated euro 2016 campaign, despite having barely featured for the Gunners in the previous season.
Enjoyed a mixed season at Arsenal
The news will come as a blow to the midfielder, as he has produced some decent displays this season, while also playing 38 games in all competitions. It could be argued that this season has probably been the best of Wilshere’s career in terms of playing and his performances.
When on song he can be a fantastic player and run the game from the heart of midfield. However, it has been a familiar story for Wilshere this season of failing to produce his best displays on a regular basis.
Offers something different
In terms of central midfield, England has a real dearth of good options. The fact that a player like Jake Livermore of West Brom is included in the squad shows how limited the choices are in that area of the field.
While other countries have the luxury of leaving top players out of their World Cup squads, England are scratching around for options in most positions. For all his faults, as an England fan, I would rather see Wilshere in the Three Lions squad than Livermore, who is not a terrible player but has limited ability.
Wilshere offers that touch of the unexpected that none of the other central midfielders in the England squad can offer. He is that something different option.
Concentrating on Arsenal
Wilshere can now concentrate on finding form on a consistent basis at Arsenal. There has been speculation for the last few months that Wilshere would leave the Gunners this summer, as he is out of contract.
The midfielder made no secret that his preferred choice would be to stay with the club from north London. However, the speculation was that he would be offered a deal that was way off his current contract.
More recent reports suggest that the pair may well have come to a compromise on a deal that would keep the midfielder in north London for the foreseeable future. I am sure he will be concentrating on getting the contract sorted out and want to return stronger next season and enjoy a fresh start under a new boss.
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