Jack Wilshere is not very happy with a newspaper story published today which he feels is claiming he is worried about his fitness worries.
The headline in the Daily Mirror today on the position of Jack Wilshere in the England team read ... 'Jack Wilshere admits he fears missing out on England's World Cup squad.'
So why has the story got Wilshere fighting his corner on Twitter.
It seems to be this piece of information in the article by Darren Lewis that has Wilshere a little perturbed ...
Most recently Wilshere has missed Arsenal’s games against Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund because of his fitness.
That seemed to suggest that the Arsenal star was worried about his fitness levels ahead of the World Cup - as he returned with an ankle problem from international duty this week.
Indeed that is what his Tweet would seem to suggest this morning:
@MirrorFootball good lie today on how I am worried about my fitness before the World Cup! Please let me know when actually said that?— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) November 21, 2013
Instead what he was essentially saying is that competition was fierce - and that the likes of Ravel Morrison at West Ham United were breathing down his neck:
"You have seen over the last couple of months the talent there is, even in the under-21s. With Ravel Morrison and all these players coming through, you are never guaranteed [to go] and cannot rest on your laurels.”
Really, these comments should be construed as a positive for both Arsenal and England, not a negative relating to his fitness troubles.
If Wilshere is going to push hard for the rest of the season in order to be assured of a place at the World Cup next summer than his performances can only improve - and that form can only be carried into the tournament if he does make the cut.
Although, that being said ... he has not denied potentially missing this weekends fixture with Southampton after returning from international duty with an ankle injury.
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