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Hodgson tries to quash Wilshere rumours

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Paul Merson believes that Jack Wilshere is deserving of a place in the England squad, but admits that he will likely have to leave Arsenal to kickstart his career.

Jack Wilshere has been told by England boss Gareth Southgate that he needs more regular football to be considered for his World Cup squad, but Hodgson has ruled out coming to his need.

Wilshere has been overlooked for a heavily depleted squad due to a lack of game time at Arsenal and Southgate's view that he has not been used in his best position in recent seasons. But we are not playing with a 10 tomorrow.

He said: "We have never mentioned his name".

"I am hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him".

Ever since he became a part of the Arsenal first-team, Jack Wilshere has played for the England national team.

"We need him both internationally and for the Arsenal", the former captain added.

Whether Wilshere would want to join a relegation battle with either Palace or West Ham with only six months left on his Arsenal contract remains to be seen, but he would dearly love to go to Russian Federation with England.

"I've been here 10 years, I love this club and feel like I have a special relationship with the fans", Wilshere told Standard Sport.

Wilshere: "I want to be playing for my country".

"So there's no point in talking about these things, but one day you might come with a name and say "what about this fella", and that might to some extent have emanated from here, but Jack's name has definitely not".

"He [Southgate] has called up Jack Cork, who I like and think is a good player, but Jack Wilshere has got to move". Roy Hodgson, under whose tutelage Wilshere was an automatic selection when fit, is keen to be reunited with the player at Crystal Palace.

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