Dennis Wise believes Jack Wilshere should be on the plane to Russia.
Wise arguing that the Arsenal midfielder should be ahead of Jonjo Shelvey and others.
He also claims that Wilshere’s injury problems are behind him.
The reality is that in these past four years Jack Wilshere has started only 22 Premier League matches.
On top of fitness/injury issues, is he even that good?
Last season he went on loan to Bournemouth and was very poor, in the end they started leaving him on the bench and he only started three PL matches in the final three months of the season.
Arsenal have been really poor by their standards this season and yet Wilshere has had only 12 Premier League starts…when you combine the injury worries and being ignored for selection, on what basis should he be selected?
As for Jonjo Shelvey, he is a separate argument.
The Newcastle midfielder has played plenty football for Newcastle but his form has been up and down, though luckily for him, more up since the turn of the year.
Former Liverpool and England midfielder Steve McMahon has no doubts and says ‘Can you open a game up, can you see a pass and I think Jonjo Shelvey can see more than Wilshere does.’
Gareth Southgate names his 23 man squad for Russia on Wednesday, after getting plaudits from many for his play against Spurs on Wednesday, can Jonjo Shelvey do the same or better against Chelsea on Sunday, and prove Dennis Wise wrong by helping to win a space on the plane to Russia.
Steve McMahon talking to Sky Sports:
“I don’t see any room in my squad for a Jack Wilshere…
“Jonjo Shelvey has more of a range.
“Wilshere doesn’t do enough for me.
“You talk about Shelvey’s character, but look at Wilshere’s injury problems, you couldn’t afford to take Adam Lallana and Wilshere.
“He likes him as a footballer, and you don’t play that number of games for Arsenal unless you’re a good footballer, but that’s what he is – he’s a good footballer.
“You have got to have lots of other strings to your bow. We’re talking about winning a World Cup, not signing a new deal at Arsenal for however many years.
“Six or seven weeks, can you open a game up, can you see a pass and I think Jonjo Shelvey can see more than Wilshere does.
“I think his [Wilshere’s] injuries are gone if you look at the last 18 months, it’s a bit of a myth.
“The amount of games he’s played over that period, he’s played well over 30 games for Arsenal this season.
“The fact that he’s actually proved a point, and we can all harp on about his injuries, but he’s proved enough to show that he’s fit enough to play.
“He’s shown that, and Gareth bought him back into the fold because he’s proved that point.”
16 May – 23 man England squad for World Cup finals announced
2 June – Friendly v Nigeria
7 June – Friendly v Costa Rica
12 June – England squad leaves for Russia
18 June – England v Tunisia
24 June – England v Panama
28 June – England v Belgium