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Gareth Southgate reacts to Arsene Wenger's Jack Wilshere plea - snubs him from England squad

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England manager Gareth Southgate announced his squad for the forthcoming friendlies with Germany and Brazil on Thursday and he found room for three uncapped players.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez, Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham - on-loan at Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively - all made the cut.

The likes of Jake Livermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge have missed out on this occasion.

One man Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was lobbying to see secure a recall is Jack Wilshere.

The Gunners playmaker has recently made his way back into the side at the Emirates Stadium and after playing with two less-than-thrilling holding midfielders in previous Three Lions games, many fans are crying out for some creativity.

"A super-fit Jack, I don't know how you can keep him out of the English squad," Wenger said on Wednesday.

"I think he is ready personally, he was not three weeks ago, but he is ready now. In every single competition he is ready to play."

Wilshere, capped 34 times by England, has made only 80 Premier League starts for Arsenal since his debut nine years ago, and his first league appearance for Wenger's side in 14 months came during last month's 5-2 win at Everton.

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In fact, that's the only appearance Wilshere has made in the top-flight this term, so Wenger wanted Wilshere to receive a call-up with just 13 minutes of Premier League football under his belt.

The Press Association's Simon Peach asked Southgate about Wenger's comments after the England boss chose to omit the 25-year-old again.

"I don't know how you get in an England squad without getting in an Arsenal team?

"He is a top player," Southgate insisted. "For him, it's just game time"

While there is some remnants of truth behind Southgate's words, he has selected Tottenham's Danny Rose in his squad and the left-back has been out for nearly 10 months.

He has played just 10 minutes of Champions League football this term and is yet to appear in the Premier League. With the Europa League, Wilshere has played over 200 minutes in total. So, is that argument really valid?

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