Jack Wilshere, a player who has made his reputation playing in the centre of midfield, says he likes playing in the centre of midfield.
The central midfielder, who didn’t get a chance to play in the centre of midfield for Arsenal following his late-season return from injury, played in the centre of midfield for England against Turkey at the weekend. He says he liked having the opportunity to play in the centre of midfield.
“With Arsenal I’ve been playing out wide, which is not me,” said Wilshere after he played in the centre of midfield.
“I’m not a wide man, but Roy seems to have faith in me in the middle, so I’m happy with that. I like to play anywhere in the middle.
“I played the holding role before and I really enjoy that, and, this time [against Turkey] I was a bit higher up the pitch and I enjoyed that as well.
“I’ve worked with Roy now and his staff for a number of years and they know what I bring [to the centre of midfield] and I know what they want from me as well [in the centre of midfield].”
We get the hint, Jack.
The 24-year-old also stressed that he’s ready for the physical challenge of playing regular football should he be confirmed in England’s squad for Euro 2016.
The central midfielder, who was sidelined between August and March, is part of the provisional 26-man squad but knows three names will be culled for the Three Lions head to France.
“You always have those days when you are in the gym where you think you’re not going to get back, but the thing that kept me going was I know what it takes to get back and I always had time on my side so I was confident,” continued Wilshere.
“I remember my first training session back, which was eight weeks ago, and ever since then I’ve just been trying to work, get better and get fitter each day.
“The most important thing for me now is to get games [presumably in the centre of midfield] and to get that match sharpness.
“I know what it’s like coming back from injury and with every game I’ll feel better.”
Watch Hodgson play him out wide in the next game.