Wenger: How can England not select a fit Wilshere?


Arsene Wenger thinks Gareth Southgate should select Jack Wilshere for England claiming he’s ‘super fit’ having worked hard on his fitness in the last three weeks.

The 25-year-old hasn’t featured for the Three Lions since coming on as a substitute in the disastrous defeat to Iceland at EURO 2016 but has been touted as a possible solution to the lack of creativity in midfield.

Wilshere hasn’t yet featured in the Premier League this season but has impressed on starts in the Carabao Cup and Europa League. He’s due to get more game time tomorrow when the Gunners host Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates tomorrow night.

Speaking ahead of the game, Wenger said of Jack: “Personally, I think he’s ready. He was not three weeks ago but he is today. He’s ready. I have the same problem. He’s competitive. In every single competition, he’s ready to play. I would encourage him [Southgate] 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.

“I manage him like every single player. Since three weeks, he is treated like any other player.”

The key, as always with Jack, is his fitness. If he can avoid injuries in the coming months there’s a good chance his momentum could carry him to next summer’s World Cup. It’s a big ask at this stage…and we’ve certainly been here before, but it’s hard not to hope it comes off for him.

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