Jack Wilshere has made it clear he feels he should be in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, but the Arsenal man admits he must respect the decision to leave him out (England 5/4 – World Cup Group G Outright).
The 26-year-old was one of the high-profile names left out of Southgate’s 23-man squad that was named on Wednesday, even though he has enjoyed a much more productive season in terms of action, making 38 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions.
Southgate has included Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, Chelsea man Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has impressed on loan at Crystal Palace this term, while England regulars Eric Dier and Dele Alli are also central midfield options for the tournament.
Wilsherem who won the last of his 34 caps in the dismal Euro 2016 defeat against Iceland, believes he should be part of the group heading to Russia for next month’s World Cup.
“It goes without saying, I’m incredibly disappointed,” said Wilshere. “I believe I should be in the squad.
“However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament. I will always be an England fan and will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation.”
Southgate has defended the decision to overlook Wilshere and hinted the midfielder had not done enough to convince him to be in the squad.
“Jack Wilshere has of course been in our thoughts,” Southgate said in press conference. “We selected him in March, but he hasn’t played a game for us. We’ve been pleased with the players who played in November and March.
“Jack had a good spell but was maybe not as effective towards the end of the season. We’re very open-minded in terms of what we want.”
England have warm-up games against Nigeria on June 2 and Costa Rica five days later
They kick-off their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18 and are 9/2 not to concede a goal in Group G in Betfred’s England Specials market.
Odds subject to change.