Arsenal star Jack Wilshere must move abroad to win England World Cup place - Paul Merson

ARSENAL midfielder Jack Wilshere needs to move abroad to kick-start his stuttering career for club and country.

Posted Sunday, November 12, 2017 by

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere must move abroad to win England World Cup place - Paul Merson
Jack Wilshere has not been selected by Gareth Southgate for England yet

That's the opinion of former Gunners star turned Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.

England manager Gareth Southgate opted not to include Wilshere in his squad for the friendlies with Germany and Brazil,

He explained the decision was due to the 25-year-old not being utilised in his best position for Arsenal this season.

To win his place back with the international team, Merson says Wilshere has to be playing more regularly and in a deeper role.

And that may mean going abroad on loan, perhaps to Serie A in Italy.

"I don't think Jack is a ten," Merson told Sky Sports News. "I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. You'd have to ask Arsene [Wenger] why that was.

"He [Southgate] has called up Jack Cork, who I like and think is a good player, but Jack Wilshere has got to move.

"It is alright Arsene Wenger saying a fit Jack Wilshere gets in the England team, but you have to play for Arsenal.

"But at the same time, [Jesse] Lingard has started less games than Wilshere.

"The way he plays, I think going abroad probably suits him and his game, otherwise he is going to go to a relegation-battling team, and that is not his game.

"He needs to get on the ball and play football and be in a team that really are going to have a lot more of the ball than not.

"So probably abroad to an AC Milan or somewhere like that."

Wilshere is likely to feature in Arsenal's two remaining Europa League group games and the Carabao Cup clash with West Ham in December.

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