According to The Times (£), Jack Wilshere could try and leave Arsenal in January to boost his chances of making England’s World Cup squad.
First team minutes have been limited for the midfielder so far this season – he’s been reduced to two starts in the Europa League and Carabao Cup – but he’s still confident a run of games, whether at the Emirates or elsewhere, could turn the head of Gareth Southgate.
Wilshere hasn’t featured for the Three Lions since coming on as a substitute in the humiliating defeat to Iceland in the 2016 European Championships. Despite the long-term absence his creativity, when fully fit, is something that the England backroom staff are refusing to discount.
England play Germany and Brazil in November before taking on Italy and Holland in March as part of their final preparation for the World Cup in Russia next summer.
It’s claimed that Arsenal will not sanction a loan deal for Wilshere in January as he’ll be a free agent at the end of the season. While Arsene Wenger continues to big up his protege he’d rather cash in on the 25-year-old rather than lose him on a free alongside Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
In contrast to today’s report, the Mirror claimed earlier in the month that the Gunners are weighing up offering Wilshere a new four-year contract. The player has also gone on record saying he’s happy at Arsenal.