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Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere is ready to get back into the international fold with England after returning to full fitness with Arsenal this season.
The midfielder’s last appearance for the Three Lions was during their disappointing exit from the European Championships last summer at the hands of Iceland and has since been on the sidelines.
Wilshere has never been called up to the squad by new manager Gareth Southgate, but Wenger believes it is time for him to get a recall as he has proven his fitness at club level. The midfielder is returning from a leg injury and was initially eased into action by the manager. He has since completed the full 90 minutes on four occasions in the Europa League and the EFL Cup.
England are scheduled to play two friendlies against Germany and Brazil during the upcoming international break and Wilshere could be in contention to make a return to squad. The Arsenal boss confirmed that he had given the go ahead to Southgate and is hopeful that the midfielder will get a call up and resume his international career.
“Personally, I think he’s ready,” Wenger was quoted as saying on Arsenal’s official site ahead of their Europa League game against Red Star Belgrade. “He was not three weeks ago but he is today. He’s ready. He’s competitive. In every single competition, he’s ready to play. I would encourage him to do it. And I don’t know how you can keep a super-fit Jack out of the England squad.”
“I spoke to [England manager Gareth Southgate] about Jack before the Swansea game. I don’t know if he will be called up. He just asked me how he is and I said no restrictions. He’s in a very good way,” the French coach explained.
However, according to Sky Sports, Wilshere is unlikely to be named in the squad with Southgate expected to retain Harry Winks, who has impressed during his debut against Lithuania in October and has since been in fine form for Tottenham Hotspur.