‘Wilshere should NOT go to Euro 2016 unless 100 per cent fit’ – Arsenal hero

first_imgFormer Arsenal and England midfielder Ray Parlour believes Jack Wilshere should NOT travel with England to Euro 2016 if he is not 100 per cent fit.Gunners star Wilshere has endured a frustrating year, with persistent injuries keeping him out of action so far this season.However, he is expected to be back in first team contention by April, which would give him around two months to prove his worth to manager Roy Hodgson.Wilshere has been an important player for England in recent years, and Hodgson told talkSPORT on Tuesday that the 24-year-old merits a place in his squad on past performances alone.But Arsenal hero Parlour was warned it would be unwise to take an unfit player to this summer’s championships, insisting there are many other in-form Premier League stars who could take his place in the Three Lions team.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Parlour said: “I wouldn’t take anyone unless they’re 100 per cent fit. I don’t think you can take that gamble.“They’ll be no rushing back for Jack. Arsenal are taking their time with him, they’re going to get him exactly how they want him before he plays again.“But if he can get back into the squad and play six games before the end of the season, starts playing on a regular basis and starts showing his form again…Roy has always been a loyal man, and he’ll be loyal to the players who have got England to the Euros.“It’s been a frustrating few years for Jack. We all know he’s a great player, there’s no doubt about that, but can he stay fit? That’s the real question.“I think Jack Wilshere will go if he IS fit, but there’s a lot of competition for places. Roy’s got a real dilemma with who he picks, especially in that midfield area.“Roy has so many options, which is a great sign for England. There are so many players playing well that he’s got a bit of a headache when it comes to picking his team.“I think Ross Barkley’s got to play, I like the way he attacks players, and it’s going to interesting what he does with the likes of Dele Alli. He’s been great for Spurs this year, but will Roy think it will be too much of a gamble to play him? I don’t think so.“But then you’ve got Eric Dier in a more holding central midfield role, and will Danny Drinkwater get an opportunity? Will Mark Noble?“It will be interesting to see the squad he picks for the upcoming friendlies, to see if those in-form guys get an opportunity. If they do, they have to take it.”last_img read more