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Jack Wilshere Issues Spiky Response To Southgate's 'Fitness' Concerns

Jack Wilshere Issues Spiky Response To Southgate's 'Fitness' Concerns
By Arthur James O'Dea

Having discovered that he was not among the 23 players Gareth Southgate would be taking to Russia for the World Cup this summer, Arsenal's Jack Wilshere appeared to be dealing well enough with the situation.

Posting humourous messages on his social media accounts, Wilshere, unlike another English compatriot not going to Russia, Joe Hart, dealt with it admirably.

However, with Southgate offering a subsequent rationale for his exclusion of Wilshere, the man whose contract at Arsenal runs out in the coming weeks, offered a more barbed response.

Contrary to Southgate's claims, Wilshere suggests that he was feeling "fit, sharp and strong" all season, and should have been included in the World Cup squad.

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Having played more games for Arsenal this season than he has since 2010/11, there appears to be a grain of truth to Wilshere's response.

Although he conceded that he does "respect the manager's decision ... [and] will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation," the predicament surrounding Southgate's explanation would appear to rest on the idea that if not now for Wilshere, his chance appears unlikely to ever come.

See Also: Jack Wilshere's Instagram After World Cup Snub Is Pure Gold

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