Jack Wilshere was named in Gareth Southgate’s England set-up recently and many an eyebrow was raised at the sight of his inclusion within the national contingent, and though his career has been riddled with injury woes, the productive 26-year-old has sworn to make his presence in the Three Lions’ midfield known.
England will face Italy and the Netherlands in international friendlies later this month in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Wilshere could indeed feature in both ties, having gained his last national cap against Iceland in Euro 2016, a dismal occasion where Roy Hodgson’s men remarkably lost 2-1 against the Nordic minnows.
The diminutive playmaker’s fitness has been questioned throughout his stunted stint at the Gunners, however after reestablishing himself in Arsene Wenger’s midfield, Wilshere has racked up 33 appearances in all competitions this term and is ‘confident’ that he can replicate his significant form at club level in an England jersey.
Speaking to reporters – via a report published by Evening Standard – Wilshere revealed in a driven, assured manner: “I understand that I haven’t played for England for a while so people are going to be watching me but as I’m confident in my own ability I’m looking forward to it,
“It has been about proving my fitness to everyone. I don’t think people have ever questioned my ability. Well, some people have!
“But it’s about proving my fitness and I am confident in myself and my body. I trust in my body and I’m looking forward to the future.
“Every week you have a point to prove. That’s the industry we’re in. We’re at a level where we are judged week in, week out.”
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