Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit to future in England’s squad for Euro 2016 but he has moved to insist that he will be cautious with the playmaker’s return. The 24-year-old has returned to full training and Arsene Wenger believes the Arsenal midfielder deserves a spot in England’s squad for Euro 2016.
Wilshere has not featured for Arsenal this season after suffering a broken fibula in pre-season and his return to fitness is a major boost for both Arsenal and England as England manager Roy Hodgson has already intimated that he will pick Wilshere for the upcoming European Champions and Wenger would be delighted to see the midfielder play in France.
Several reports had earlier revealed that Roy Hodgson had insisted that he wants to take Wilshere to France this summer – if the Gunners midfielder could return to fitness in time.
The Frenchman had said on Friday that it usually takes six weeks to recover full fitness after starting to run again but he clearly hopes that the timescale will be reduced.
“He is looking good – I had a short chat with Roy Hodgson about him and reassured him that he is progressing well,” said Wenger. Wenger though has given England boss Roy Hodgson his blessing to select Wilshere for the European Championship.
“I will be cautious with him now, for him to be competitive it will take a few weeks. He will be fit for the Euros and I would like him to be picked. Once he will be completely fit and competitive he will be available for Arsenal and the national team. Why not?
“Your players want compete at the top level. Jack is frustrated enough so it’s important for him to go to the Euros and get that confidence.”
Asked if taking Wilshere to France would be a gamble, Wenger replied: “If he’s completely fit, it’s not a gamble. It’s also important to have a player of his quality available. When you’re a national team coach, you can take a gamble on one player but certainly not on five. He has to consider the whole situation. You can certainly take a chance on just one player.”
Arsenal take on Watford at the Emirates on Saturday as they look to revive their Premier League title hopes. “The target is to win the games. Let’s be pragmatic. It starts tomorrow (against Watford),’ added Wenger.