After the news Jack Wilshere was not going to be included in the England squad for the World Cup this summer, Danny Welbeck will be on the plane after Gareth Southgate announced his final 23 today.
The forward scored 10 goals for the Gunners last season, and is the highest goalscorer in the current England set-up, ahead of the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy.
He’ll travel to Russia knowing his future at the club is somewhat uncertain. Always a favourite of Arsene Wenger, who spoke about him in glowing terms, it remains to be seen if the new manager hold him in such high regard.
Meanwhile, the Times report that Wilshere’s exclusion came because the England manager didn’t feel he had the requisite fitness to play the way he wanted his players to.
The 26 year old was included in the squad for friendlies in March but was sent back to Arsenal and took no part in either game. It was reported that he had a knee problem but he played in the very next game for Arsenal.
The implication is that he lacked the kind of match fitness Southgate wants, and during the last few months of the season there’s no question his performances for Arsenal were laboured at times.
Like Welbeck, he’ll be anxiously awaiting the verdict of whoever the new manager is, but unlike his colleague, his contract has only a few weeks left to run.