Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere to be left out of latest England squad as Harry Winks gets nod again
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Jack Wilshere will NOT be named in the latest England squad, talkSPORT understands.
The Arsenal midfielder has not played for the Three Lions in more than 15 months, with the last of his 34 caps coming in the humiliating defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.
Speaking on Wednesday, Wenger declared the 25-year-old ready to return to the England fold for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil later this month.
But Gareth Southgate, who will name his squad on Thursday afternoon, has decided to ignore the Gunners boss and overlook Wilshere.
Southgate is a big admirer of the classy midfielder and he remains in his thoughts for selection at the 2018 World Cup finals.
But the England boss believes Wilshere needs more game time in the Premier League before returning to the international fold.
Wilshere has impressed in the Europa League and EFL Cup this season but, despite Wenger's praise, has yet to start a single league game.
And Southgate believes he has better options in midfield currently.
Tottenham's Harry Winks has been in outstanding form in recent weeks and he will be among the midfielders included in the squad.
Winks, 21, enjoyed a fine debut in the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania last month and has emerged as key man for Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino.