Lee Dixon says it will be tough for Jack Wilshere to get into the England team, because nobody knows where he should play in it.
Wilshere was left out of the most recent England squad because he isn’t starting matches in the Premier League – even though Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke and Manchester United’s Jess Lingard made it in, with just one start between them.
Dixon seems to think that even when the midfielder is starting matches, he’ll still have some problems finding a place in England’s starting eleven, reports Football.London.
“[Southgate] talked about players playing out of position for their clubs and fitting into this England team. Jack Wilshere is one of those. It’s a difficult time for him to manage that situation.
“The difficulty with Jack Wilshere is that nobody seems to know his best position. Everyone has a debate on that.”
Wilshere has often been playing in the front three for the Gunners, which is unlikely to be an option for England, where players with a better goal scoring record than the midfielder are generally selected.
So unless the 25-year-old starts playing in the middle a bit more for Arsenal, he’ll probably end up playing different roles for club and country, which manager Gareth Southgate is unlikely to be happy about.
However, in my opinion, the reason Wilshere has been left out by the England manager on this occasion is nothing to do with how ready he is for a couple of friendlies.
For me, it’s Southgate’s attempt to try and force the playmaker into the Arsenal first-team, so he’ll be playing regularly by the time the 2018 World Cup comes around.
In the meantime, it probably is best that Wilshere settles on his best position.