Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere looks set to return from injury ahead of Euro 2016, as per the Daily Mail. This will provide England with a welcome boost ahead of the European Championships in the summer.
And, despite missing the majority of the season out with injury, the 24-year-old should come back into the fold and start for Roy Hodgson’s side when they play Russia on June 11.
England are blessed with a plethora of midfield talent but Wilshere remains an outstanding individual and would be well worth the gamble if he can prove his fitness in the final stages of the season.
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A few years ago, Wilshere was the creme de la creme of English talent. He had the world at his feet and was dubbed as the future poster boy for both club and country.
But that early promise has given way to much frustration. Injury after injury has continued to haunt him, resulting in the midfielder featuring just 38 times for Arsenal over the last three seasons.
His energy and drive are uncomparable, and Arsene Wenger is right to persevere with him. Yet though his talent is obvious there must come a time where the Frenchman finally wields the axe on a player that spends an awful amount of time on the treatment table.
This could turn out to be one of the most important seasons of Wilshere's career. If - and it is a big if - he can stay fit throughout the summer and perform at the European Championship, then he could be a crucial asset for Arsenal heading into next campaign.
He must start
Despite losing 2-1 to the Netherlands at Wembley, England remain well placed going into the summer, especially given the many quality players they have at their disposal.
Though the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Jordan Henderson are fine players in their own right, a fully fit Wilshere has another dimension to his game. His inclusion in the team would be a huge asset and bolster England’s chances of winning a major trophy for the first time since 1966.
Wilshere was part of the World Cup squad two years ago but was used sparingly with Hodgson instead opting to select Steven Gerrard and Henderson ahead of him.
If he can prove his fitness with Arsenal before the season is up then he simply has to start, but whether or not he can prove his hardiness before the tournament is a major issue.
Wilshere must be careful of not aggravating his injury when he returns, though the form of his teammate Danny Welbeck suggests it is possible to hit your stride straight away.
The next few months will either make or break his career, with Arsenal unable to afford any passengers in their bid to finally win the Premier League title.
Wilshere must do his utmost to prove himself to Hodgson. If he does, he could be the player that makes all the difference for England this summer.
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