Jack Wilshere ready for England, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
By Oliver Yew
Last Updated: 16/05/16 11:15am
Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere is ready for England duty after playing 68 minutes in Arsenal's 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.
Making his first Premier League start since the final day of last season, Wilshere put in a solid display to give the watching England manager Roy Hodgson plenty to think about ahead of his latest squad announcement on Monday.
And Wenger insists Wilshere, who has now played 141 minutes of competitive football since returning from nearly a year on the sidelines, will be fully up to speed should Hodgson ultimately pick him for this summer's tournament in France.
When asked if the 24-year-old is ready to play for England, Wenger told Sky Sports: "Yes, he has shown that again today.
"He will get stronger and stronger. He has a basic fitness but needs a few games now. He needs two, three games more and he will be ready for England."
Wilshere was straight into the action on his return to the Arsenal starting line-up, combining well with Santi Cazorla as the Gunners took an early lead.
He was showing off the full range of his passing repertoire as the Gunners looked to extend their lead, linking up particularly well with Alexis Sanchez.
There was a slight worry when Scott Sinclair accidentally stood on Wilshere's foot, but the England midfielder ran off the knock despite appearing to hobble for a few minutes.
And just before the break he had the chance to cap his first league start in a year with a goal but could only find the side netting, bringing a wry smile from Hodgson.
In the 68th minute, it was a case of job done for Wilshere as he made way for Mohamed Elneny and Wenger insists the England midfielder has no problems ahead of the Euros.
"England is quite lucky on that front, Wenger added. They are a bit unlucky because Danny Welbeck has been hit very hard.
"He's an important player for England but on Jack's front there is no problem."