Jack Wilshere has finally proved his fitness this season as he broke back into the Arsenal team after many years in the wilderness of the medical room and Bournemouth, but it obviously was not enough to convince Gareth Southgate that he is good enough to go to Russia for the World Cup Finals with England.
Wilshere managed to play in 38 games for the Gunners in this cmapaign and was impressive at times, but is currently out of contract and was probably hoping that a good showing at the World Cup could have put him in the shop window and generate some good offers from other top clubs.
He now has no new bargaining chip to use in his contract talks, and he is obviously very upset about it. “Think it’s about time I had my say…,” Wilshere tweeted.
“It goes without saying that I’m naturally incredibly disappointed to have been left out of the England squad for the World Cup. I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad!
“And given the chance I could have made a real impact.
“However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament.
“I will always be an England fan and will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation.”
Jack may be upset, especially considering the players that have been picked ahead of him, but as Southgate said: “Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season,”
This is very true, and there are many Arsenal fans questioning whether he should even be offered a new contract to stay at Arsenal next season, but we all know that he is capable of the occasional flashes of brilliance.
What do you think? Was Southgate wrong to snub Jack?