Jack Wilshere says he’s not thinking about the World Cup in Russia next summer, and insists he needs to play Premier League football to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s thinking.
The 25 year has been eased back into action by Arsene Wenger after his broken leg, but has played regularly in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
The timings of those games and the need to manage his fitness quite carefully means he’s been restricted to just 25 minutes of league action, but he says he’s ready to go when given the nod by the boss.
“I’m not thinking about the World Cup at the moment,” he said.
“All I can try and do is get into the Arsenal Premier League team, play as much football as I can and then we’ll see.
“Unfortunately the manager says he’s only picking players that play in the Premier League, so that’s what I’ve got to do and that’s what I’m trying to do. I want to be playing for my country.”
Calls for him to be included more regularly are growing, but he has been building fitness and now feels like he’s got what it takes for the league.
“I’ve played a few games, I’ve been training every day, I’ve been training well, training with the players. I feel good. It’s down to the manager who he selects. If and when he selects me, I’ll be ready, but it’s good to be back.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been fit and ready for selection. I went out last year and I wasn’t part of Arsenal’s plans.
“I went out and got some football but now I’m back, I’m fully fit and I’m ready to go.”