Jack Wilshere has said that Gareth Southgate has yet to contact him after leaving him out of his England squad.
The Three Lions manager said that he would contact Wilshere to explain his decision to leave him out of the national team. Three weeks have passed since then and, according to the Arsenal midfielder, he’s received no call or message from the head coach.
“He’s got my number and he hasn’t called me yet,” Wilshere told the Evening Standard after Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Cologne. “If he wants to call me, my phone is always on.
“He didn’t put me in the squad and had that to focus on. He said in the press what he wanted me to do: get in the team and play regularly, and that’s what I’m trying to do. That’s all I can do.”
Southgate had explained his decision in a press conference. Wilshere’s lack of Premier League football, and the fact that he wasn’t playing the position Southgate wants him to play were the reasons for his exclusion.
This season, the 25-year-old has only featured twice in the Premier League, and has played almost every game on the left side of Arsenal’s attack. He’s admitted that if Southgate sees him playing deeper, he needs to be playing there regularly.
“If [Southgate] sees me in that [deeper] position, I have to play in that position. At the moment, I’m playing a bit higher here and the boss sees me there.
“To be honest, that is probably my favourite position. At the end of the day, all I can do is try and get in the team. I’ve played everywhere.”
The midfielder has an uncertain future at the club. Despite saying numerous times that he’d like to stay, he has a pressing need for regular first-team football.
With Arsenal having a settled first-team, those opportunities may not come at the Emirates Stadium. His contract expires in the summer too.
He’s expected to hold talks with Arsene Wenger about his future in December.