Now that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has finally returned to first team action for the Gunners with just three games left to play of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign, talk of the 24-year-old midfielder’s potential presence with the Three Lions at Euro 2016 has once again resurfaced.
Although Roy Hodgson has routinely expressed his apparent desire to select players based on form rather than their once glowing reputations, the former Fulham and Liverpool boss is seemingly yet to decide on whether or not Wilshere really deserves a place at EURO 2016 this summer, regardless of the several alternate options soon to be at his disposal.
So then, although the vast majority of Gunners fans would probably want to see their technically gifted midfielder representing the nation at this summer’s highly anticipated tournament, is Wilshere really worthy of a spot with England in France, or would Hodgson’s Three Lions be better off without the current Gunners man?
Well, without wanting to put this particular discussion to bed almost immediately, Wilshere deserves to be nowhere the final squad for EURO 2016 with all things fairly considered.
Although the Englishman certainly represents a player with plenty of technical ability on his day, Wilshere’s incredible lack of first-team action in 2015/16 should prove the most significant factor here. Even in light of his certain potential, the current Arsenal midfielder isn’t exactly a world-beater.
Hodgson must ultimately look beyond the possible selection of Wilshere this summer for several reasons. The player in question possesses an unignorably poor fitness record that the Three Lions shouldn’t be relying upon. Major question-marks also surround his mental attitude and whether or not the 24-year-old is really mature enough to be selected for England on a consistent basis, so, as several other well established English midfielders have also carved out a meaningful case for themselves, Wilshere’s once probable slot in the team isn’t exactly warranted if we’re all being honest.
Whilst his contribution within the English top-flight has admittedly been somewhat overstated among certain quarters of the nation’s passionate footballing community of late, Danny Drinkwater certainly deserves his place at EURO 2016 after all the recent heroics to take place down at the King Power Stadium.
Dele Alli and Eric Dier also warrant their due consideration on the back of Tottenham Hotspur’s impressive exploits, as well as perhaps Jesse Lingard of Manchester United and potentially even West Ham’s Mark Noble – should Hodgson happen to find himself in a particularly generous mood this summer…
In any case, Jack Wilshere simply isn’t worthy of his possible slot with the Three Lions whichever way you look at it. He ultimately hasn’t done enough to justify his once glistening reputation, and with just three solitary fixtures left to play for the Gunners this term, it seems his chance to stake his claim at this summer’s upcoming competition has come and gone for him.
EURO 2016 does not represent Wilshere’s last opportunity to make things happen with the England national side, however, so no matter how painful it would admittedly feel to miss out, the midfielder’s future upon the international scene will remain intact as long as those frustratingly timed injuries start making themselves scarce.