Jack Wilshere can make England's World Cup squad playing for Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere does not have to leave Arsenal to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad.
Wilshere, who has 34 caps for England, is considering leaving Arsenal in January in order to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans for Russia 2018, according to The Times.
However, Wenger says the 25-year-old midfielder does not have to leave the Emirates, stating he will get into the England squad if he remains fully fit.
Asked whether Wilshere had to leave in January to make the squad, Wenger replied: “I don’t’ think so.
"I believe that Jack is in the best form that I have seen him for a long time. He is very close to being considered like everybody else.
"If he keeps going like he is he will go the World Cup.
" I don't see Jack being fully fit and not going to the World Cup."
"He has played games since the start of the season and he will play many more."
Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal speaks to Jack Wilshere of Arsenal during the Carabao CupGetty Images
Wilshere has impressed in the Europa League and League Cup for Arsenal this season, though he is yet to make a Premier League appearance.
It has been more than a year since Wilshere featured in a league game for Arsenal, playing in August 2016 before moving on loan to Bournemouth.
However, the Arsenal academy graduate has been named on the bench for the past two games, and could yet make an appearance in their trip to Watford on Saturday evening.