Gareth Southgate questions Jack Wilshere and explains his exclusion from the England squad
Gareth Southgate has said their are question marks over Jack Wilshere’s robustness.
He also said that he can’t play for England until he is playing more regularly for Arsenal.
This comes despite the inclusion of Danny Rose, Jessie Lingard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who have been far from regulars for their clubs.
Many had suggested that the Gunners midfielder could be brought back into the squad for the games with Brazil and Germany as England look to prepare for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Wilshere has played a number of games this season in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, and looks ready to make the step up to Premier League football – something that Arsene Wenger confirmed this week.
The England manager has said that he is not sure how robust the midfielder is though and seems to have challenged him to push his way into his squad.
“I don’t know how you can get in an England squad without getting in an Arsenal team,” Southgate said.
“There’s no question in our mind about Jack Wilshere’s ability and his football brain and his personality.
“We just need to see him playing regular League football before we think it’s right to put him back in. With him, there’s been unfortunately a history of injuries.
“We want to make sure he is robust enough before we bring him in. I did have a conversation with Arsene on Saturday because we think his ability is that of a top player. For me, it’s just about game time.”
There is plenty of competition for places in the England midfield, but there are no real stand out players. A player of Wilshere’s quality should be going to World Cups. Now it is just down to him to prove it.