England boss Gareth Southgate: 'Jack Wilshere needs game-time at Arsenal'

Southgate: 'Wilshere needs games in PL'
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Boss Gareth Southgate says that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere does not feature in his England squad because of his lack of game time with the Gunners.

England boss Gareth Southgate has suggested that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will not feature in the Three Lions squad until gaining more playing time in the Premier League.

Despite being restricted to just one appearance in the top flight, Wilshere had been in contention for a place in the group to face Germany and Brazil due to his showings in the Europa League and EFL Cup.

However, Southgate has hinted that he had little option but to leave out the 25-year-old due to his lack of minutes at the Emirates Stadium.

The 47-year-old told reporters: "I don't know how you get in an England squad without getting in the Arsenal team.

"There is no question about his ability, his football brain or personality, we just need to see him playing before he comes back in because unfortunately there has been a history of injuries.

"I'll be having discussions with Arsene about him, we think he is a top player so for him it's about game time."

Wilshere won the last of his 32 caps at Euro 2016.

A shaven-headed Jack Wilshere in action during the EFL Cup game between Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers on September 20, 2017
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