Stuart Pearce makes an admission about Jack Wilshere’s England chances

Stuart Pearce

The Arsenal midfielder is battling for a place in England's Euro 2016 squad.

Stuart Pearce has admitted to Sky Sports that Jack Wilshere’s performance for Arsenal against Manchester City has changed his mind on the midfielder’s England chances.

The Gunners star has missed the vast majority of this season as he has battled back from his latest long-term injury.

He is back fully fit now though, and was impressive when called on as a substitute in the 2-2 draw with City at the weekend.

He is currently battling to prove his fitness to England manager Roy Hodgson as he eyes a place in the squad for Euro 2016.

And Pearce says he could make it, admitting that his display at the weekend convinced him that the Arsenal man is close to the squad.

"Before the weekend just gone, I would have totally ruled Jack Wilshere out of the squad,” he told Sky Sports.

"[But] having watched the Arsenal game at the weekend, I think Wilshere's very close to the squad. He played very well and he seemed to fit seamlessly back into side.”

The big bonus for Wilshere is that he offers more going forward than those currently competing with him for a midfield role in the England side.

The likes of Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier may have their defensive qualities, but neither are as effective with the ball as Wilshere can be when on form.

Indeed, he is arguably the most talented of the current bunch on his day, and that is something that is sure to be attracting Hodgson despite his injury record.

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