Jack Wilshere should be named in England squad, says Arsène Wenger

Jack Wilshere should be named in England squad, says Arsène Wenger

The England manager will once again overlook the Arsenal playmaker when he names his squad at 2pm today for the friendly double-header against Germany and Brazil on November 10 and 14 at Wembley.

"I spoke to him about Jack before the Swansea game", said Wenger said.

Even though Southgate travelled to the Emirates on Saturday in the hope of seeing Wilshere in the Premier League and discussed the 25-year-old's prospects with Wenger before kick-off, the Frenchman once again left the player on the bench.

Arsenal have only failed to score in one of their last 26 games in European competition - at the Emirates against Barcelona in February 2016 (2-0).

While Wilshere had to be carefully managed at the start of a season, following an injury-curtailed loan spell at Bournemouth past year, Wenger said that was no longer the case, and that he was as fit as anyone in his squad.

Wilshere has played only 15 minutes of Premier League football despite his return to fitness, with current England boss Gareth Southgate in the stands for his brief cameo appearance as a substitute for Lacazette in the 2-5 win against Everton at Goodison last month. "When you have been so frustrated at so many times [by injuries], every positive experience is welcome", Wenger said.

"He just asked me how he is, and I said, look, I have no restriction, he is very good", Wenger said.

"I am convinced that it would help him, personally".

"Yes, I think he's ready, personally", Wenger told reporters at his pre-match news conference ahead of Thursday's Europa League meeting with Red Star Belgrade. "I don't know how you can keep a super-fit Jack out of the England squad".

Wenger has rotated his first team in cup competitions and in the league and is preparing to start Wilshere with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday night, where a victory will secure progression.

The boss added: "We are all very pleased for him here because he has gone through some very hard moments with setbacks. In the last three weeks, I treat him like any other player".

"I manage him like any other player".