Southgate questions Arsene Wenger on how he uses Jack Wilshere

Gareth Southgate


England manager Gareth Southgate believes Jack Wilshere is not being played rightfully at Arsenal.

The 25-year-old was left out of the England squad for upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Germany as he only played 25 minutes in the Premier League.

Southgate believes the Arsenal midfielder is not a number 10 as he wants to see him sitting deeper. While Wilshere has been hampered by injuries, he has played more regularly in cup competitions.

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“Jack played as a number 10 all of last season on loan at Bournemouth,” Southgate said.

“That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele [Alli] and [Adam] Lallana, but we are not playing with a 10 tomorrow.

“I don’t think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. You’d have to ask Arsene why that was.

“But I want to be clear – I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I’m hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him.”

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