Jack Wilshere is back in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup, after returning to Arsenal’s Premier League team in recent matches.

That’s according to The S*n, who write that the midfielder caught the manager’s eye this month.

In truth, Wilshere only entered the starting XI after Aaron Ramsey’s injury. But whatever the reason, he’s there now, and has performed impressively so far.

The last time Wilshere played for England was summer 2016, when the Three Lions lost to Iceland.

Since then, Southgate has left him out almost every single time.

The only time the midfielder made the squad was back in November 2016, and he sat on the bench throughout.

If the rumours are true, then the 47-year-old manager seemingly agrees with the academy graduate’s own assessment, that his game has matured and improved with time.

Wilshere told the Standard recently: “When I used to watch my game, every time I picked the ball up I wanted to run with it, I wanted to hurt the opposition, but now I can pick my times.

“I don’t have to do it every time. Sometimes you can just pass and move into a better position. My time at Bournemouth helped me. I improved defensively, I’m not one who just dives into tackles now. I try and pick my opportunities when the ball breaks. I feel good, I’m happy with the way things are going and I’m enjoying playing here.”

However, this is The S*n we’re talking about, so I’d wait for the next squad announcement to be sure.

England don’t have any fixtures until March as it stands, when the Three Lions face Netherlands and Italy.

So unless Southgate confirms his plans before that, we won’t know for a few months.

For now, we’ll just have to be content that Wilshere’s putting a run of games together.

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