Roy Hodgson should not take Jack Wilshere to this summer's European Championships

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England manager Roy Hodgson will likely pick Jack Wilshere for his Euro 2016 squad regardless of how many games he has played for Arsenal this season - and that would be a huge mistake.

The 24-year-old has played 25 games in the last two seasons combined for both club and country; to put that in comparison, he could have potentially played 123 games during that period.

Such a severe lack of game time would affect anyone - just look at Theo Walcott's form in the last few months.


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Lambasted for his lacklustre displays over the past two seasons, he missed a large chunk of games as a result of an injury sustained against Tottenham in January 2014 and is yet to find his feet.

The sheer amount of injuries Wilshere has sustained makes it hard to see him coming back as the same marauding, box-to-box player; risk will always be attached to the midfielder.

Saying that he would pick him regardless of game time is a disservice to those Hodgson has chosen for upcoming friendlies and who arguably deserve a place more.

Danny Drinkwater, for example, is at particular threat despite an excellent season for Leicester City, whilst Mark Noble's chances of breaking into the England squad appear even less likely.

The simple fact of the matter is Wilshere should be far lower in the pecking order than he seems to be. Eric Dier is a better defensive midfielder, whilst Dele Alli and Ross Barkley have proved their quality and have bright futures ahead on the international stage.

Should Wilshere start he will likely play alongside Jordan Henderson, and with Wayne Rooney highly unlikely to miss out, it means one or more of the above young, gifted midfielders face the cut - and undeservedly so.

In the end, despite Wilshere's talent and what he would bring if fit, there are too many hurdles for his selection to be a good decision.

It could potentially cripple England's hopes and force more deserving players to watch from home and on the bench. It could even be a decision that puts Hodgson's role as manager at threat.

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