Three reasons why Jack Wilshere must be included in England's Euro 2016 squad

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Jack Wilshere is a player whose career up until this point has been blighted by injury; since his breakthrough season in 2010/11, he has yet to complete a full season for Arsenal.

Several injuries and subsequent setbacks in recovery have seen the 24-year-old miss an incredible amount of football, much to the frustration of Arsenal and England fans alike. 

However, despite Wilshere's lack of football, there is no doubting his ability as a player. The midfielder is capable of the spectacular and whilst he hasn't kicked a ball all season, three are three reasons why he must be on the plane to this summer's European Championships.


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Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson often deploys Wilshere in a deep-lying midfield role, where he has enjoyed vast success and performed impressively.

During England's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, he was awarded Man of the Match in six of the seven games he featured in, serving to prove his importance on the international stage.

In Wilshere's last outing for the national side against Slovenia, he scored two fantastic goals from distance to help secure victory. Similarly, in what was his last Premier League appearance for Arsenal, he scored a scorcher against West Brom.

He's far from a player renowned for his goalscoring exploits, but his long-range shooting could prove a crucial asset for England in France.


When comparing the England national side to recent World Cup winners Germany and Spain, it's quite clear the Three Lions don't possess as many technicians as their European counterparts.

However, of all the midfielders at Hodgson's disposal, Wilshere is arguably the technically superior when it comes to one-touch passing in small pockets of space and playing incisive through balls.

England's success in France will largely depend on their ability to retain possession and outplay the opposition - and Wilshere, alongside the likes of Dele Alli, Ross Barkley and Eric Dier, is just the man for the job to help dictate play in the centre of the park.


Hodgson's preference is to play Wilshere just in front of the back four, yet that isn't the only role he can operate in.

The 24-year-old is capable of playing as a box-to-box midfielder and has frequently acquitted himself admirably in the number 10 role.

Wilshere's versatility gives Hodgson the flexibility to shuffle his midfield whilst maintaining optimum performance, which will prove vital in the bigger tests that await the Three Lions at Euro 2016.

Form and fitness are always factors to consider when picking an international squad, of course, but exceptions should be made for a player of Wilshere's quality.

His performances for England during European qualifying were outstanding, so to exclude him because of an untimely and unfortunate injury would be unjust and a risky move where their summer prospects are concerned.

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