Wednesday, 14th November, 2012
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has expressed his delight at being back in the England set-up and also spoke of the heartbreak he felt at missing out on Euro 2012.
Wilshere recently returned from an injury layoff of over 500 days with the Gunners, though his almost immediate recall to the England squad was still greeted with surprise in some quarters, with club boss Arsene Wenger explaining he felt the midfielder could have been allowed to miss this evening’s friendly against Sweden.
Whether Wilshere will play is unclear, with manager Roy Hodgson calling him into the squad more to get back into the swing of international football than to be thrown in at the deep end.
And Wilshere is happy to be back in the Three Lions fold.
"It’s a dream come true", the midfielder told Arsenal’s official site.
"It feels like the first time again. It’s been so long and now there’s a new manager and a totally new set-up.
"I was a bit nervous about meeting up with the squad and seeing how everything is done now.
The 20-year-old schemer also spoke about how disappointed he was to have missed out on the chance to go to Euro 2012.
However, Wilshere stressed that he was then determined to make sure he would be back after the summer, with a period of ironing out remaining niggles being undertaken.
"It was hard [to miss Euro 2012]. I was just like a fan, watching it with my family", he said.
"To get the setback just before and miss it was heartbreaking but I worked all through the summer and worked hard to get my fitness back and shake off all the little niggles that I was getting."
Much faith has been placed in Wilshere as an integral part of England’s next generation and the midfielder will be hopeful of booking a spot at the 2014 World Cup, should the Three Lions qualify.
He has so far won five senior England caps.
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