Arsenal fan's favourite and academy graduate has been named as one of Roy Hodgson's 23 England players.
After a snubbing from one of the more prominent members of the football media, when Jeff Stelling explained that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere's omission from Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil would be for the benefit of the nation, the player himself made the actual cut when Hodgson announced his provisional roster of players.
Wilshere's form this season has paled when compared to his performances in past campaigns, however, the versatile Arsenal midfielder has played only 1,691 minutes of Premier League football - fewer combined minutes than other players in his position. He therefore has a slight advantage in not being as cumulatively fatigued as his positional rivals.
Commenting on his presence in Hodgson's squad, Wilshere said: "Not many words can describe the feeling of pride my family and I have right now. I've dreamed about going to a World Cup and representing my country but never thought it could happen. One thing it proves is that dreams come true!"
Arsenal's fitness team have received much criticism throughout the season, with some detractors even labeling Wenger and his behind the scenes team of fitness coaches and recovery team as incompetent (Wenger's marine-like pre-season criticism detailed here and Wenger's 'incompetence' noted here), however, Wilshere moved to thank the staff.
"Thank you to all the physios at Arsenal for getting me fit and thanks to the England manager for giving me the opportunity. Hard work starts!"
Not many words I could use to describe the feeling of Pride me and my Family have right now. Dreamt about going to a World Cup 1/2— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 12, 2014
Representing my country but never thought it would actually happen, one thing it does prove is Dreams can come true! Absolutely buzzing 2/2— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 12, 2014
Thank you to all the Physio's at AFC for getting me fit and Thanks to the England manager for giving me this opportunity! Hard work starts!!— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 12, 2014