Jack Wilshere had his say on the England national team’s performance during Euro 2016 and he agrees with most of the world that the Three Lions aren’t good enough.
The midfielder was far from fit after only making three appearances for Arsenal all season. However, Roy Hodgson was convinced he could still contribute in France. The 24-year-old was hardly played and when he was he looked off the pace, which was to be expected after spending so long on the sidelines. Though, it does make you wonder why the England manager brought him along in the first place if he wasn’t ready.
Speaking about his country’s display at the tournament, Wilshere was less than impressed.
“I think we can expect a hard time because we know that we were not good enough,” he said.
“We know that we didn’t reach the heights that the country expected us to meet. We didn’t perform.
“And for us, the main thing is to look at ourselves. We as players know that we were not good enough. Of course we let the fans down.
“We know that England fans are passionate, and they are going to show their frustration towards us.
“But I think it’s important for us as players for the national team now to focus on working for the new manager, focus on what he wants us to do as a team.
“I have been in this position before with England. OK, I didn’t really play in the World Cup in Rio, but I was involved in it and the country was maybe in a worse position. We didn’t get out of the group and there were a lot of doubters.
“But then we responded quite well, even if it was only qualifying.”
It must be gutting. Players spend their whole careers training to represent their country at huge tournaments but when Wilshere gets there, he’s not fit enough to truly show what he’s made of. If he doesn’t get over his injury problems, this is going to just continue to happen.