Gareth Southgate decided not to include Jack Wilshere in his England squad because he feels the midfielder is not playing in his best position for Arsenal.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, will make his debut in Friday’s friendly against Germany, while uncapped Burnley midfielder Jack Cork and West Bromwich Albion’s Jake Livermore have also been called up ahead of Wilshere.
Southgate had previously justified his decision not to pick Wilshere by citing his problematic injury record and he has now admitted he does not agree with how the 25-year-old is being utilized by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
“That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele and (Adam) Lallana. But we are not playing with a 10 tomorrow.
“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 (Wenger, the Arsenal manager) 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.”