Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has stated that he has fallen back in love with football during his loan spell with AFC Bournemouth.
Wilshere made the move to AFC Bournemouth on a season long loan spell after interest from Crystal Palace.
Wilshere had been impressed following a meeting with Cherries manager Eddie Howe, who convinced him that he would improve as a player over the course of the season on the south coast.
His desire to leave Arsenal on loan was fuelled by his exile from the England squad.
Wilshere had missed the majority of last season with Arsenal due to suffering a broken fibula, but despite his lack of football he was still selected by Roy Hodgson for Euro 2016 in France.
Following that disappointing campaign he was left out of the England squad by Sam Allardyce and more recently England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate.
But following three 90 minute appearances for the Cherries against Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, Wilshere has now returned to the England fold for Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland and next week’s friendly against Spain.
Wilshere told the Daily Telegraph…
“It (the loan to Bournemouth) was good for me. For my head. I wanted to get back playing week-in week-out, being involved in the Premier League.
“I have missed a lot of football. I missed the fight of the Premier League, being involved in all the big games and making a difference for a team and I wanted to feel that again, and almost fall back in love with the game again…”
‘…I`ve played three games now. I feel my best when I am playing week-in week-out and I am an important player for the team. I like that responsibility. If I can continue doing that I can`t see why I can`t do that for England as well.”
I just think its fantastic to see the words ‘Wilshere. AFC Bournemouth’ appear on a full England squad selection. I know he is on loan but it just shows how far we have come. I hope he gets a game, does well and comes back fit. It will do his confidence the world of good. A boost for the club after such a crap w/end. – Join the conversation here.
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