Danny Murphy: Why Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has looked lively in an England shirt

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy has explained why he feels Jack Wilshere has been playing with a spring in his step.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielder explained why he feels Jack Wilshere has a spring in his step, when he appeared as co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show for talkSPORT this week.

Wilshere was one of the shining lights for England during the international games after the end of last season and he’s given himself plenty of momentum looking ahead to pre-season with the Gunners.

“If you look at Jack Wilshere in the last two games, he’s been England’s best player by a mile – He should be (looking lively) because he’s missed a good chunk of the season so with his fitness levels, he’s certainly not tired,” he said.

It will be interesting to see if he can do enough to force his way into the first team picture at the Emirates because Arsene Wenger already has so many good options to use across the middle of his team.

As Murphy told talkSPORT, Wilshere’s apparent freshness is something that was striking about his performances and that should help him leave an impression in the mind of his manager, as the players go through pre-season fitness tests.

If Wilshere can be at the front of every run and last the longest in every fitness exercise, Wenger will pick up on it and it will improve his chances of getting into the side for the first Premier League game against West Ham United.

It’s also important that Wilshere is able to stay fit considering the problems he’s had with his ankles in the recent past.

If he ca stay fit and have an impact during pre-season, his confidence will be high and it could be a no-brainer for Wenger come kick-off time during the first game.

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