Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been a surprise omission from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming matches with Germany and Lithuania, and the manager has revealed that the news was not taken well.
Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere has been selected to make his return to international action next week.
England are set to take on Scotland at Wembley on Friday evening in the World Cup 2018 group qualifiers, before taking on Spain in a friendly match the following Tuesday evening.
I am not going to suggest that the in form Arsenal forward Theo Walcott did well over the last week or so in the two international games he started for England, because the pacy 27-year old certainly did not have anything like the same impact for his country as we have seen him produce for Arsenal this season.
“We want to make this like a club basically, that’s what we want. We want everyone to have the relationships (in the England set-up) that they have with who they’re at clubs with. That’s what we’re starting to get with this England team. I’ve probably given a few of my secrets away to my team-mates this week but it’s going to benefit England. That’s what we want, it’s all about England this week.
Arsene Wenger has achieved some great things in the two decades that he has been the manager of Arsenal, and before to be fair as he did forge a good reputation which got him the job and he won the French Ligue 1 and the French cup with Monaco as well as two cups in Japan with Nagoya Grampus 8.
We will have to wait and see exactly which of the current Arsenal playing staff are going to be called up by their respective national managers for the international break after this weekend’s Premier League matches, but there are usually a fair few Gunners involved.
Jack Wilshere has come under increased criticism in recent days, with both Glenn Hoddle and Ray Parlour moving to downplay his impact in the previous match.
The Arsenal midfielder was promoted for the first-team line-up for England’s last game with Slovakia, but failed to impress in his first start of the tournament.
The European Championships restarts again today after two days off, with the first knock-our round set to begin at 3PM local time (2PM GMT).
Arsenal have a number of players still involved in the tournament, with a number holding reserved confidence in going deep into the competition.