What Gareth Southgate said about Jack Wilshere on Twitter back in 2013

Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man England squad for the World Cup and there aren’t too many surprises.

The Three Lions boss has called up Trent Alexander-Arnold for the first time with the 19-year-old set to play in a Champions League final and a World Cup in the space of a few weeks.

But while those included in the squad were celebrating on social media, there were some players having to hide their heartbreak.

While the likes of Joe Hart and Adam Lallana hid their disappointment well, Jack Wilshere didn’t quite do the same.

He uploaded several posts on social media after his snub – but he did so in a light-hearted manner. Wilshere seemed keen to take the mickey out of himself before any football fan could.

The Arsenal man is probably England’s most talented midfielder when he’s fit but, after years of injury struggles, he was deemed too much of a risk for the World Cup.

And Southgate explained his decision to leave Wilshere at home in a press conference on Thursday.

“Jack Wilshere has of course been in our thoughts. We selected him in March but he hasn’t played a game for us,” Southgate said.

“We’ve been pleased with the players who played in November and March.

“The only midfielder we added is Fabian Delph who had a fantastic season with the champions.

“Jack had a good spell but was maybe not as effective towards the end of the season. We’re very open-minded in terms of what we want.”

Very honest from the gaffer.

However, there’s no doubting Southgate rates Wilshere very highly indeed.

In fact, a tweet he sent back in 2013 has emerged and it shows just how highly he rates him.

Southgate wrote: “I think all talk of JW should be banned. We should stick him in a box, let him develop quietly and bring him out for special occasions.”

That tweet was posted on February 7, 2013.

What was Wilshere doing at that time that made Southgate tweet that?

Well, the midfielder had just produced a Man of the Match performance at Wembley against Brazil in a match the Three Lions won 2-1.

He was just 21-years-old then and it looked as though he had the world at his feet.

If only England did put Wilshere “in a box.” Maybe he wouldn’t have been so injury-prone…

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