Wilshere vows to fight for club and country
Midfielder says he wants to stay at Arsenal – and sets his sights on an England return at next year’s World Cup
10 November, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
Jack Wilshere: ‘I’m a proud Englishman and I want to be playing whenever I can’
JACK Wilshere insists he wants to stay at Arsenal and is putting his faith in the “great relationship” that he has with Arsene Wenger to help him get back into the national fold.
The 25-year-old was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil because of his lack of game-time at club level.
Wilshere, however, still has faith that he can fulfil his dream of playing for his country at the World Cup in Russia next summer.
“I want to be playing for my country,” he said. “I’m a proud Englishman and I want to be playing whenever I can.
“Unfortunately it’s down to the manager and he didn’t select me. He said I needed more football so that’s what I’ve got to do. I’ve got to take it on board, try and get into the Arsenal first team and then, hopefully, I’ll be selected. I’ve got a great relationship with Wenger and he’s assured me that I will get some playing time. I want to stay at this club.”
Wilshere was only given 12 minutes in Arsenal’s last outing, a 3-1 defeat away at Manchester City.
The midfielder says that the club must now “bounce back” in their next game – a timely derby against north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. He said: “We know it’s going to be a tough game. It’s at the Emirates, so we have to take the game to them.
“Tottenham have come a long way in the last few years. They finished above us last year and we want to finish above them this year. But it’s not all about that. We don’t just look at them. We want to finish as high as we can.”
When asked if Spurs have established themselves as the top side in north London, a reserved Wilshere added: “We’ll see. You’re only as good as your last game. We lost our last game and we need to bounce back. It’s a massive game and we’re looking to get three points. We’ll be ready for it.”
Meanwhile, Harry Kane has already been passed as fit to play for Spurs in the derby. “Harry is OK, he’s very good.
He received a kick on his knee during the game against Crystal Palace but don’t worry he will be available in the next game,” said his boss Mauricio Pochettino.