Jack Wilshere has an awful lot to do for England place, says Keown

Jack Wilshere

The Arsenal midfielder is back in training and competing for a place.

Jack Wilshere has an awful lot to do to earn a place in England’s squad for Euro 2016 this summer, Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail.

The midfielder has not played a minute of first team football this season, having picked up an injury before the beginning of the campaign.

He is now back in training and pushing for a return though, having featured twice for the Under 21 side recently.

There is already talk of him being a part of England’s squad for Euro 2016 as a result, with both Roy Hodgson and Arsene Wenger having apparently keen for him to go.

Keown though, insists he has a lot to do to be among the 23 that head to France.

“Wilshere has an awful lot to do. What is sticking in Roy’s mind is Wilshere’s performance against Slovenia,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I went out there for that game and he was outstanding that day, scoring two good goals. He is part of a core group who helped England qualify and that’s why Roy wants to give him as much time as possible.”

“Wayne Rooney and Wilshere could well be playing in midfield for England this summer – but does Roy want two players in midfield who haven’t played a great deal of football recently?”

A big factor that could see Wilshere be named in the group is Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson’s recent injury.

The Reds captain was likely to be among the squad, but now looks likely to miss out after picking up knee injury last week.

That opens up a place for Wilshere to compete for, and he will be keen to make his mark in the games remaining.

Jack Wilshere has an awful lot to do for England place, says Keown

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch