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Gareth Southgate bemused at Jack Wilshere role

Gareth Southgate bemused at Jack Wilshere role

England boss Gareth Southgate has suggested that he didn't pick Jack Wilshere because he is being played out of position at Arsenal.

The 25-year-old missed out on a call-up for the Three Lions' friendly international matches at Wembley against Germany on Friday and Brazil next Tuesday respectively.

And, while Southgate revealed that he remains a big fan of Wilshere, who has 34 international appearances for his country to date, he suggested that Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger's decision to play him as a number 10 has scuppered his immediate chances of being selected.

On Wilshere, who also played in a similar role when featuring in 27 games during a season-long loan with Bournemouth last season, Southgate said: "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele [Alli] and [Adam] Lallana, but we are not playing with a 10 on Friday.

"I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. You'd have to ask Arsene why that was.

"But I want to be clear - I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him."

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