Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere returns to England fold

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.

The squads have now been announced for the forthcoming international matches, and Jack Wilshere has been given the opportunity to stake his claim for a regular spot, having missed out on the previous two squads.

The Arsenal youth product is spending the season on loan with Bournemouth City, in order to get his career back on track following a number of injuries and fitness issues, and has been able to complete the full 90 minutes in each of his last three outings.

He will be joined in the squad by Arsenal’s Theo Walcott who will be eager to cement his place in the England squad, especially having missed out on the Euro 2016 tournament thanks to losing his place in his club’s first-team.

The only surprise inclusion in the squad is Burnley defender Michael Keane, who has been linked with a switch to Chelsea in recent months.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, loan from Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley);

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Michael Keane (Burnley), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur);

Midfielders: Jack Wilshere (AFC Bournemouth, loan from Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace);

Forwards: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Does Wilshere deserve to start for England?

Pat J

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  1. Gooner Craig says:

    Hell yeah!!! He’s one of England’s best players, especially on his day. He’s our only midfielder that can do what he does, everyone else is pretty 1 dimensional and we struggle for creativity without Jack and a few others in the squad.
    Jack should never have been dropped by Fat Sam!!! Just because he doesn’t like AFC and can only play long ball relegation fighting football! I don’t know why he was even considered to be England manager?!!! But atleast it spurred Jack to go out on loan and get some fitness, which seems to be paying off and will hopefully benefit club and country in the long run

  2. josh37 says:

    I’d personally like to see a midfield and attack like this for England:

    Dier Wilshere
    Theo/Lallana Dele/Lallana Sterling

  3. Wilshegz says:

    as much as I love Wilshere, truth is he hasn’t done anything special yet and he is trying to get back to his normal self on the pitch.
    certainly doesn’t need this call up now.

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