With Euro 2016 on the horizon, Arsenal are set to welcome Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere back into the first team picture.
Neither of the England internationals has played for the side yet this season. Wilshere almost completed pre-season before suffering a hairline fracture to his fibula. Meanwhile, Welbeck has been trying to recover from a knee injury since last April and finally played for Arsenal u21s last Friday.
Looking ahead to the summer, England manager Roy Hodgson wants to get his players together at the end of March, and both Wilshere and Welbeck will be present. When fit they have both been guaranteed a place in Hodgson’s squads, and he must be hoping they’ll be ready for this summer’s tournament.
40 England players will attend the meeting at St. George’s Park, with Wilshere and Welbeck both included in Hodgson’s plans. Fellow Arsenal players Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be included, but the two players returning from injury are the ones amongst Hodgson’s favourites.
Welbeck has won 28 of his 33 caps since Hodgson became England manager, scoring 12 times and only featuring from the bench on five occasions – he’s clearly a big part of the manager’s plans and, despite the emergence of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, would be expected to make the squad should he stay fit.
Similarly, Wilshere has made most of his England appearances under the current manager, winning of 23 of his 28 caps since Hodgson took over in 2012. The midfielder started in each of the last nine England games he was fit for, as the team looked to revolve around him in a deep midfield role. Should he prove his fitness, he would be a shoo-in for the summer’s starting XI. I mean, just check out his last England performance.