Jack Wilshere believes he will be match-fit by the time Euro 2016 gets underway, if he is picked in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
Wilshere has been injured for the vast majority of this domestic season, but is expected to be named in Hodgson’s squad for the tournament that begins on June 10.
Wilshere has made two appearances since returning from injury, six minutes against Sunderland and 66 more against Manchester City after Danny Welbeck was injured.
However, the Arsenal midfielder believes that the pre-tournament friendly matches will give him plenty of chance to prove his sharpness to Hodgson and his teammates.
“I have been in contact with the coaching staff at England and they know I have been fit for six or seven weeks’ training now,” Wilshere said in an exclusive interview with the Evening standard.
“I would like to have played a few more minutes [in recent weeks]. I got 70 last week. Hopefully I can get a few more this week and we’ll see what happens.
“If I am in the squad, I’ve got those three friendlies. That will be more than enough. I know what it takes to get back to my best and that is more than enough. I felt brilliant [on Sunday].
“I started watching from the bench in the first 15 minutes thinking ‘this is what I need’ — high intensity, pressure on both teams. Roy has asked me how my injury is and how I feel. He hasn’t really given too much away so we’ll see on Monday. Fingers crossed.”