Jack Wilshere breaks silence on World Cup snub

Jack Wilshere has broken his silence on Gareth Southgate’s decision not to take him to the World Cup with England, proclaiming: "I believe I should be in the squad."

The Arsenal midfielder was overlooked for the tournament in Russia despite playing 38 times in all competitions this season, the most appearances he has made since 2010-11.

Wilshere tweeted: "Think its about time I had my say… It goes without saying that I’m naturally incredibly disappointed to have been left out of the England squad for the World Cup.

"I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad!

"And given the chance I could have made a real impact. However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament.

"I will always be an England fan and will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation."

Southgate pointed to Wilshere’s lack of form, rather than fitness, behind his decision not to include the 34-cap international in his 23-man party.

"Jack had a good spell in the lead up to Christmas and just after. He was not as effective towards the end of the season," Southgate said.

"He hasn’t played a game for us. We were really pleased with the way the team played in November and March.

"The only player we’ve added into midfield area is Fabian Delph.

"Once you make a call, particularly with senior players, then you have to look at the standby list as a separate entity."

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