Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has earned a return to the England squad for this month’s friendly internationals against the Netherlands and Italy.
This was confirmed by the Manager of the side, Gareth Southgate during a press conference in London to announce the squad on Thursday.
Wilshere, who has regained his place in the Arsenal side this season,
was last seen in the English squad in November 2016, while Danny Welbeck was also
Injured duo Harry Kane and Gary Cahill both missed out, but Southgate also picked four uncapped players; Burnley’s Nick Pope and James Tarkowski, Alfie Mawson of Swansea and Lewis Cook of Bournemouth.
Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook, who captained the under-20s to World Cup glory last year, has been called up.
Pope’s Burnley teammate Tarkowski and Mawson are the other two new faces in what looks an in-experienced squad.
Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has been given the nod, despite struggling to hold down a regular starting role with the Gunners in recent months.
For his choice of Wilshere, Southgate explained thus “Jack’s a player with unquestionable talent”.
“I have had to field lots of questions about him and the key for me now is he is playing the games that matter for Arsenal and playing well.
“Physically we feel he is close to where he can get to and he is having a good influence on games.”
Southgate said he was looking forward to seeing Burnley pair Nick Pope and James Tarkowski at close hand.
“With Nick Pope his form has been excellent,” Southgate said of the goalkeeper. “It’s great credit to Sean Dyche that we have got two Burnley players in our squad.
“We need to find out a bit more about them because if we lose one of our more experienced players then we will need them to fill the void, but Nick’s form has warranted his place in the squad.”
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana are also back in the squad
England play The Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday March 24 before
taking on Italy at Wembley on Tuesday March 27.
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Joe Hart (West Ham), Nick
Pope (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Alfie
Mawson (Swansea), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Lewis Cook
(Bournemouth), Danny Rose (Tottenham), John Stones (Manchester City),
James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker
(Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan
Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard
(Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling
(Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)