England manager Gareth Southgate has backed Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere to take his England chance after handing him recall.
The 24-year-old midfielder has returned to full fitness following his loan move to Bournemouth from Arsenal. Wilshere has completed the full 90 minutes in the Cherries’ last three Premier League games.
Wilshere had been dropped from the England national team following he disastrous Euro 2016 campaign however, Southgate has decided to recall the midfielder to the squad.
“I don’t think there has ever been any questioning of his quality,” England boss Gareth Southgate was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“We’ve felt for a long time that he’s a player that can play at the highest level, so I guess as much as anything it’s been his match sharpness.
“The fact he’s had three 90 minutes with Bournemouth and I’ve been to two of their other games, I think it’s a good moment to bring him back into the squad.”
Wilshere’s career has been blighted by injuries, which have restricted him to just 159 appearances in eight years for the Gunners. Last season, the 24-year-old missed the majority of Arsenal’s campaign due to an injury and made just three appearances.
England take on Scotland on Friday before hosting Spain in an international friendly.
Bournemouth take on Stoke City in the next round of Premier League games.