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Jack Wilshere set to reclaim his England place

The midfielder talks about returning to the national team.

Arsenal v Watford - Premier League Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Jack Wilshere hasn’t been a part of the England team since that hilarious catastrophic shocking loss to Iceland in Euro 2016. He wasn’t necessarily dropped for his poor play that day, although no England player covered himself with glory, but a combination of somewhat indifferent yet still unpromising form for Arsenal (and a loan stint at Bournemouth) and a few injuries have kept him from taking a place on the England team sheet.

All that changes today, though, as Gareth Southgate named Wilshere to his squad for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy. Those friendlies, with the Netherlands match on Friday and Italy on the 27th, are the last matches England will play before May, when Southgate must name his provisional squad for the World Cup, so they’re very much a last shot for players like Wilshere to impress and make their mark.

As frustrating as it can be to watch Wilshere, I do hope he can make the squad - it might kickstart his Arsenal career, or at the very least his Arsenal confidence, if he can make that good impression on Southgate and England and be a big contributing part of England’s 2018 World Cup campaign.