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England can't ignore a fit Wilshere: Wenger

By Mark Mann-Bryans

Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere is ready to return to the England fold.

The Arsenal midfielder has had a torrid time with injuries but is now pushing for his first Three Lions call-up in a year.

Wilshere could break back into the England picture when boss Gareth Southgate announces his squad today for friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

"I think he's ready," Wenger said when asked about a potential call-up for the 25-year-old.

"He's competitive. In every competition, he's ready to play. I would encourage him to do it."

Wilshere has had to use opportunities in the Europa League and should start when Arsenal host Red Star Belgrade tonight, knowing victory will secure qualification into the round of 32.

"I don't know how you can keep a super-fit Jack out of the England squad," Wenger added.

Wilshere has featured in the Europa League as Wenger selects an almost completely rotated side in Europe and the Carabao Cup. That means the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez will not feature tonight.

"Both teams do well," Wenger said. "I am pleased with the quality of performances in every single competition."

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