Hodgson: No England guarantee for Wilshere

Sarah Winterburn

Roy Hodgson has insisted that he will only take Jack Wilshere to Euro 2016 if he is 100% fit.

The Arsenal midfielder remains a key part of Hodgson’s England plans despite injury ruling him out of the whole season.

He perpetually remains “three or four weeks” away from a return, potentially giving him just a handful of Arsenal games before the European Championship.

“Our information from Arsenal through the doctors is he will be back in good time…but of course I cannot guarantee a place in the squad,” Hodgson told talkSPORT.

“I think his past performances merit a place in the squad because every game he played, he was a very decisive player for us and to some extent even changed our style of play.

“I certainly wouldn’t want to dismiss his chances, but I do accept he has to be fit.

“I can’t say at this moment of time whether he will be back in time and fit – and Jack wouldn’t be expecting me to select him if he wasn’t 100% fit and ready to go.”

There is a clamour for Hodgson to include in-form players like the uncapped Danny Drinkwater but he has laughed off the idea of picking a squad based on who is firing at the end of the season.

“I’ve got to pick the right players, they have to have the right quality, the right attitude, the right desire to play for the coach and perhaps as well have to have shown some degree of loyalty and commitment to what we are trying to do, so there is a lot of things you have to take into account when putting a squad of players together.

“If it was just going to be simply that, to wait until the middle of April to May 12 when I have to select my squad, and then just (pick) the 23 players who are on form in those weeks, I feel I would be taking a lot of players to the Euros who probably aren’t as good as the ones I would be leaving behind.”