Jack Wilshere made his long-awaited return to action last night, starting for the Under-21’s side against Newcastle United.
The 24 year-old has been out of action since May of last year, and is eager to return to the first-team in order to try and seal a place on the plane for Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
The midfielder will have been extremely happy not to have suffered a set-back during the evening’s fixture, and was also boosted by the injury to Jordan Henderson.
The Liverpool star has been a regular starter for his country in recent months, but he has just been ruled out for six to eight weeks, and may end up missing out on a place, giving Wilshere even more of a chance to play in the tournament.
The Arsenal youth product was central to Hodgson’s plans prior to being injured, but his place has come under pressure due to the emergence of Danny Drinkwater and Eric Dier this season.
If the star’s comeback is anything to come by, Jack will be making a swift return to the Gunners first-team in no time, finding a number of creative passes which created goalscoring opportunities, and once his match-fitness is up, he will certainly be a shoo-in to make the European Championships squad.
Roy had hinted that both the Leicester and Tottenham midfield anchors were in the shadow of our injury-plagued midfielder, and all-but revealed he would make the plane if he could prove his match fitness.
One player who could be set to miss out is Theo Walcott however, who is one of a number of players vying to play in attacking roles in the squad, along with Danny Welbeck, who looks certain to go.
How much of a positive note will it be for England to have Wilshere available?