Jack Wilshere told he can still have an England football future by Three Lions boss Gareth SouthgateSeptember 3, 2018
Gareth Southgate says Jack Wilshere’s England career is not over despite not speaking to him about his World Cup snub.
Wilshere took to social media to express his bitter disappointment at being left out of Southgate’s squad for Russia – and has also failed to make the reckoning for the forthcoming games against Spain and Switzerland.
Southgate has given the 26-year-old hope that he can still add to his 34 England caps – but made it clear there will be no easy way back for him despite leaving Arsenal to join the Hammers in the summer to play more football.
“I haven’t spoken to Jack, but we watch all the games and we watch all of the players and we’ll select on their performances,” said the England boss.
“But the door is definitely not closed to anybody, because with just 65 English players playing in the Premier League, why would we rule out the potential of anybody?
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“At the moment it is worth me looking at and investing in some of the younger players available, but the key for Jack is to play well.
“I’ve watched two of his first three games for West Ham and it’s the same for Jack as it is for every other player.
“They have got to be playing well because the competition is high.”
Wilshere ended his 10-year association with Arsenal when he contract expired at the end of the season after new Gunners’ boss Unai Emery warned him that he faced a fight to be a regular starter.