Is Jack Wilshere deserving of a place in England's Euro 2016 squad?

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Jack Wilshere made headlines for the wrong reasons again this week as he was filmed talking to police and hiding behind bins after a scuffle on a night out in central London.

The England midfielder is finally on the verge of returning from injury, scheduled to return to action in Arsenal's U21 fixture against Newcastle on Friday evening.

With just over two months until England's clash with Russia at Euro 2016, the debate surrounding Wilshere's worthiness of inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad is heating up.


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If the midfielder can come through Friday's game unscathed, he will potentially have six club games and three international friendlies to prove his fitness before the tournament gets underway.

Even if he does, the question remains; is his body be able to cope with the intensive rigours of a game every three days throughout the competition?

Those who argue for him not to be included based on the fact that he hasn't played a single minute of Premier League football for Arsenal this season certainly have a valid point.

He has been well and truly surpassed by Dele Alli, who has had an immense season for Tottenham Hotspur, and also arguably Eric Dier and Danny Drinkwater of Spurs and Leicester City respectively.

However, Wilshere's time out could be a blessing in disguise for his national side.

The Premier League's lack of a winter break means England's footballers are often verging on exhaustion by the time any summer tournament comes around.

Wilshere certainly won't be suffering from that problem and could actually find himself playing his way into form at the perfect time for Hodgson's side.

The 24-year-old had recently put in some outstanding performances for his country when a hairline fracture of his left fibula virtually ended his season before it had begun.

He scored two world-class goals in England's 3-2 Euro 2016 qualifying win away to Slovenia in June last year, and the display has not faded from Hodgson's memory.

In fact, the England boss recently stated that Dier and Drinkwater are 'still in Wilshere's shadow', a clear sign of the faith he still has in the tenacious midfielder.

Whether his off-field antics have harmed his chances of selection - like Paul Gascoigne's did in the lead up to France '98 - remains to be seen but you'd imagine not to such a huge degree.

The father of two should really know better than to be out drinking at such a crucial stage of his rehabilitation and will surely receive another stern dressing down from Arsene Wenger.

Wilshere was spotted sitting with club legends Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg while watching Arsenal U18's elimination from the FA Youth Cup at the hands of Manchester City on Tuesday evening.

Perhaps he needs a mentor, someone like Ljungberg to help him through the last stages of his recovery and stop him repeating his mistakes.

The bottom line, however, is England are simply not blessed with many players who are on Wilshere's level.

He and Alli shielding the back four, bringing the ball out of defence and propelling England forward has the potential to be a potent combination.

You can still get odds of 7/5 on Wilshere to be one of the names selected when England's Euro 2016 squad is announced on 12 May.

This could represent great value, but of course it all hinges and his ability to stay fit.

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