The confusing new reason Gareth Southgate hasn't picked Jack Wilshere for England


Wilshere has suffered a number of injuries over the years, and he is believed to have been told that he must prove his fitness to the manager in order to earn a new contract, and the player is adamant that he wishes to stay in North London.

Hodgson took Wilshere to the European Championship even though not fully fit and virtually guaranteed him a place in his midfield when he was not injured.

Arsenal legend Tony Adams has stated his belief that the Gunners need home-grown midfielder Jack Wilshere because, as a product of the youth system, his attachment to the club is stronger than players brought in from elsewhere.

But new West Ham manager David Moyes has been promised funds for January and the club are expected to sign a new midfielder after missing out on William Carvalho last summer. "That is not the way we are playing".

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Ex-Eagles boss Alan Pardew failed to land Wilshere in a loan swoop at the the beginning of last season. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele [Alli] and [Adam] Lallana. But we are not playing with a 10 tomorrow [against Germany on Friday]. "And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him". But good luck to Jack, I think he is an outstanding player and I have got nothing but respect for him. You'd have to ask Arsene [Wenger] why that was.

"But I want to be clear, I really like Jack Wilshere as a player".

"I have got no idea about where the name of Jack Wilshere has come from, so where did you get it from?"

"So there's no point in talking about these things, but one day you might come with a name and say "what about this fella", and that might to some extent have emanated from here, but Jack's name has definitely not".