Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere has said he’s been working tirelessly on and off the pitch to put himself in the best position ahead of Gareth Southgate’s England selection this week.
The England boss, who is set to announce his squad on Thursday ahead of a friendly with Germany and a World Cup qualifier with Lituania, left Wilshere out of his maiden squad in October but handed the 25-year-old a return for games with Scotland and Spain in November.
The Arsenal loanee, who joined Bournemouth on Deadline Day in the summer window after it became clear playing time would be an issue in north London, came off the bench on Saturday and played a vital role in the Cherries late winner as they beat West Ham, and fellow Three Lions hopeful Michail Antonio 3-2 on the south coast.
Speaking on Thursday’s announcement, Wilshere said:
“Well, of course I want to be in it [the squad],
“That’s why I came to Bournemouth, I missed out on a few squads, I know what that feels like, I don’t want to be in that position again.”
The former Bolton loanee, who was part of the squad which failed so miserably at the European Championships last summer, has been on the bench for Eddie Howe in their last two games as he recovered from a knock picked up against West Brom.
“I keep working hard,” he added.
“That’s the only thing you can do as a player, any player it doesn’t matter who you are, you have to work hard for the club on the pitch week in week out and then it’s up to the England manager.”
Wilshere has 34 caps and two England goals to his name, having made his debut way back in August 2010.