Robbie Fowler believes that Roy Hodgson made a huge mistake by picking Jack Wilshere for England’s final group game against Slovakia, with the club legend claiming the Arsenal star was neither mentally nor physically ready.
Wilshere was downright poor against Slovakia in his first start of the tournament, giving passes away left, right, and centre. He was replaced by Wayne Rooney eventually, but Fowler believes Wilshere never should have started the game at all.
“I can see why Roy would have wanted to give Wayne Rooney a rest, especially as he’s going to be so important to us in the knockout stages, but Jack Wilshere just doesn’t look match fit mentally or physically,” he wrote in his column on OddsChecker.
“Some of his decision making was poor and the decision to start with the Arsenal midfielder didn’t really pay off.”
There was outrage when Wilshere was called up for England in the first place, with the 24-year-old barely featuring for Arsenal at all this season. Many believed the likes of Danny Drinkwater was a far worthier candidate, with his stellar campaign at Leicester making him far more deserving of a place in Hodgson’s team.
While Wilshere has shown real quality for England in the past, after another injury ridden season there were definitely question marks over his place in the England squad. Jordan Henderson was arguably in a slightly similar position, but his injuries were far less severe and season impacting than Wilshere’s were.
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After seeing the Arsenal man’s performance against Slovakia it’s hard to argue with Fowler, and Wilshere seems unlikely to get another start at the Euros after that poor showing.