Wilshere admits lack of fitness but likes new “hungry” England

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere started England’s 2-1 win over Turkey but only played an hour before being replaced by Jordan Henderson. He admitted that he still some way from being match fit and is hoping to come through a whole game unscathed to prove he should make the final 23-man squad for the Euros.

But the important thing is that he is back in contention and Jack will certainly be fresh and “like a new signing” for club and country once he recovers his form and fitness. And he likes the new young England team that played on Sunday. “It felt good to be back. It’s a special feeling and I’m happy.” he said.

“There’s a lot of players I haven’t played with before. It’s a different team – a good team, a hungry team – and it felt good to be involved in it.

“I feel I am ready for 90 minutes now, I wouldn’t be here otherwise. I have played a few games now and I think the next step for me is 90 minutes. As each game goes on I feel better and better.

“Medically I’m fine now. I have been training for five or six weeks. Maybe I need that five or 10 per cent of match-fitness but we’ve got two more games (friendlies) and hopefully I can get that.”

We all know that Roy Hodgson believes that Wilshere is a special talent and is worth risking being in the squad despite his lack of game-time, but will the Euros just arrive just a little too early for our terrier-like midfielder?


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  1. Roy is taking a massive massive gamble insisting on mot only including Wilshire but actually trying to make him a fulcrum of his team….he is way way off pace and needs at least another month or 2 of consistent competitive games to get anywhere near ready for a big tournament like the Euro…..its even more baffling when you consider there are other options who have dome well for their clubs all through the season, the way Dier played last night just goes to show Wilshire is mot needed, we are not talking a proven world class player here the types you cannot afford not to take to big tournaments, we are talking a decent injury prone player who os over hyped

    1. @damochy
      RealTalk. To me, it seems as if Jack is using AFC as his training/medical center in order to stay fit enough to play for the English National team. Without a doubt, dude won’t be playing much for AFC next season. He’s getting crocked in the Euro’s for sure.

        1. @FbG
          Just read on FB that Jack only gets a new deal if he comes back from the Euro’s “unscathed”…

          1. I don’t think that Wenger will be to pleased with his latest comments:

            Jack Wilshere has slammed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for using him in the wrong position.
            The England international was keen to stress that he enjoys playing in a central midfield role as he does under Roy Hodgson.

            Wilshere, 24, is set for a starting berth for the Three Lions at Euro 2016 at the heart of England’s midfield.
            But he voiced his frustration at Wenger continually using him in a wider role.
            ‘With Arsenal I’ve been playing out wide, which is not me,’ he said… ‘I’m not a wide man.

    2. I hope that Wenger persuaded Hodgson (£££) to take Jack wheelchair to the Euro’s Supermarket, in hope that a big offer comes in for him, before he gets injured again!
      And that all the talk of offering Jack a new 4 year contract were just hyped up bull? to suggest that his injury prone days are behind him ? and hopefully attract some interest from moneybags City….. ( Just a fantasy thought, of mine) ?

    3. World class ? Please stop throwing that word around, Dier is good but he’s not world class.

  2. The question is will jack be hungry for arsenal when the new season starts? I do hope he uses good wisdom not to get himself injured again also!

  3. Lol @ “he is getting crocked in the Euros for sure”…

    Sad thing is,Wilshere thinks he has arrived..
    You can’t compare him to the likes of Cazorla in footballing sense and ego/attitude/humility..

    Some say its because he is a leader/captain material…but Le Coq is tough but no full of ego..
    He has been talking since the last two weeks non-stop..even more than hodgson and Wenger.

    All the same,I wish luck and a positive change of attitude to understand his real football level..

    1. There was a particular passage of play when he went down under a challenge and made a grab for the ball, like he is 100% sure he has been fouled and the referee need to blow the whistle and protect….stuffs like that are the preserve of real genuine world class talents like Messi, Ronaldo etc….not a 2 bob over rated over hyped injury prone nobody who is living on one hood season and the odd good game in amoat 6 years kmt

  4. So much being made of this “match fitness” issue.

    If he was questionable because of poor form or injury then I could understand the hoopla. But managers often take older players who cannot over 70 mins and this is not considered a big problem.

    Either Roy thinks Jack will make his team stronger or not. If not, Roy should select another player. That is the only real issue. (But I believe he WANTS Jack with the team).

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