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Arsene Wenger says England can win Euro 2016…but only if Jack Wilshere is fit

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has thrown his backing behind England to lift the Euro 2016 trophy, especially if midfielder Jack Wilshere can overcome his injury troubles to be a part of the squad, according to the Daily Mirror.

England chief Roy Hodgson has been made to sweat on the fitness of Wilshere, who he sees as being one of his most important players as he suffers yet another injury hit campaign.

However, Wenger believes that the Three Lions have what it takes to cause a summer upset ahead of the likes of Germany, Spain, and his native country, France.

“For England it’s a massive year because once again there’s a European Championship. Of course they can win it,” Wenger said.

“Why not? It’s a similar thing because not to get out of the qualification stage you really need to be suicidal because 16 teams out of 24 qualify and the best third go through so you don’t imagine they don’t qualify.

“After that, who are your main opponents? Germany, Spain and France. But I don’t rule England out, but you are not the first favourites. They are in the second tier. If things go well, they have a bunch of young players…

“I said the other day when we played against Bournemouth there was five British players who played: Ramsey, Chamberlain, Chambers, Gibbs and Walcott. They are all young, all talented so you cannot rule out England will do something.”

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