Wilshere ready for England recall insists Wenger

Date published: Wednesday 1st November 2017 2:52

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there is no excuse for leaving Jack Wilshere out of the England squad, providing he is fit.

It has been over a year since Wilshere made his last England appearance; that came at Euro 2016 as the Three Lions were embarrassingly knocked out of the tournament by Iceland.

The 25-year-old has had bad luck with injuries throughout his career, including a broken leg in April which cut short his time at Bournemouth on loan.

Despite a lack of first-team football with Arsenal, Wenger believes England should recall the midfielder.

“Yes, I think he’s ready, personally,” Wenger told reporters at his pre-match news conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Red Star Belgrade.

“He was not three weeks ago, but he is today. I have the same problem [in terms of selection], but in every single competition he is ready to play. I urge them [the England coaching staff] to do it [call him up].

“A super fit Jack; I don’t know how you leave him out of the England squad.

“I manage him like any other player. He doesn’t need special treatment. In the last three weeks, I treat him like any other player.”

Wenger also insisted he will stick with his rotation policy in the Europa League.

When asked if he would play any of his star men, the Frenchman replied: “No. I want to stick to that [rotation policy] at the moment.

“We have [Theo] Walcott, [Danny] Welbeck, [Oliver] Giroud. We have competition, they all want competition.

“All are in competitive shape and that should be an advantage for the rest of the season.”

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