Wenger backs Arsenal's injury prone star Wilshere for England

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

The Arsenal midfielder has failed to make an appearance for the Gunners this term, following an injury he picked up on the training ground last summer.

Arsene Wenger has backed Jack Wilshere to be part of the England squad that travel to France for the Euros.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference reported by SkySports, Wenger said it's important that Wilshere is included:

"It is important for Wilshere to play in the Euros."

When asked whether he thought Wilshere, 24, has enough time to make the squad, and whether he himself would welcome his selection, his answer was emphatic:

"Yes and yes. It's yes to both questions."

The Arsenal manager also went on to say how important it will be for the Wilshere's confidence:

"When you're a footballer you want to compete at the top level and what is important is that Jack, who is frustrated enough, regains confidence. It's very important for his confidence that he can go to the Euros and he can play. It's also important to have a player of his quality available."

Before his latest injury, Wilshere experienced a great run of form while representing his country, winning plaudits for his accomplished displays in the midfield holding role. He was also an effective weapon in the attacking third, scoring two magnificent goals in England's 3-2 win over Slovenia.

Wilshere's hardest challenge in regaining his starting spot will be dis-lodging Eric Dier from his position. The Tottenham Hotspur man has impressed with a string of fine displays, including popping up with the winning goal against Germany last week.

Roy Hodgson is a keen admirer of the Arsenal man, however, and has spoke on numerous occasions of Wilshere's importance to the England side.

The England manager is likely to have a pleasant selection dilemma ahead of him this summer. 

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