Jack Wilshere displays merit England spot at Euro 2016, says Hodgson

Jack Wilshere

The Arsenal midfielder is still battling back from his latest long injury layoff.

Jack Wilshere’s previous performances for England merit a place in England’s squad for Euro 2016, manager Roy Hodgson has told Talksport.

The Arsenal midfielder has been absent for the entirety of this season after picking up an injury at the end of the last campaign.

Before then he had been starring for club and country with a series of impressive displays.

He is expected to be back to full fitness in time for the tournament in France this summer.

And Hodgson says his previous displays do merit him a place in the squad but insists he is not guaranteed a place because of those.

“He is not guaranteed a place in the squad but I think his past performances merit a place in the squad,” he told Talksport.

“I think he played four games on the trot (for England) and was man-of-the-match in all of them. He is a very decisive player for us, even to such an extent that he has changed our style of play.”

“I don’t want to dismiss his chances but I accept that he has to be fit. I won’t say about Jack what I said about Wayne Rooney.”

If Wilshere is fully fit by Euro 2016 and in contention for a place, he still faces a fight to make his way back into the squad.

This season has seen several English midfielders flourish, with the likes of Dele Alli and Ross Barkley, as well as Eric Dier, all competing for a starting place.

Several others, notably Danny Drinkwater and Mark Noble, would also arguably be more deserving of a call up given how they have performed this season, pushing Wilshere further down the pecking order.

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