It’s been a good week for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, he was superb in the Gunners 3-1 victory over AC Milan on Thursday and was called up by Gareth Southgate for England’s friendlies against Holland and Italy.
The 26-year-old has been in good form this season which has resulted in his first international call in almost 2 years and the offer of a new contact from his club.
However, it was not so long ago that many observers were writing off Wilshere’s career at the top level, and the talented midfielder has admitted the he has had to prove himself all over again this season.
“Not just the England manager, but the Arsenal manager made it clear what they wanted from me,”
“The manager (Southgate) made it clear what he wanted me to do — get some games for Arsenal in the Premier League and prove my fitness. I have done that and he has been true to his word. It is down to me to repay him now and show everyone I can still perform at that level.”
“It was tough back in the summer when I was watching the boys training, not knowing if I was staying or I was leaving. Once I knew I was staying I was determined to get my head down and get back into the team.
“I know the manager trusts me here. It was about, when I came off the bench, proving to him that I can still do it.”