Wilshere back for England


Gareth Southgate has brought Jack Wilshere back into the England squad for the matches against Scotland and Spain.

Ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland, it will be the first time the Arsenal midfielder, currently on loan at Bournemouth, has been included in the squad since the Euro 2016 finals.

Burnley’s Michael Keane retains his place while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and West Ham’s Michail Antonio miss out in a 25-man squad which will also stay together for a friendly against Spain on Tuesday, November 15.

In an interview with FA TV, Southgate said: “The last few weeks we’ve been looking at as many games as possible, keeping track on the players. We’ve had some players who weren’t available to us last time who are in good form and back in the frame like Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Raheem Sterling. It’s good to have them back.

“Harry Kane similarly. We’ve had some good discussions with a lot of the clubs in the last few weeks but Tottenham have been very helpful in terms of Harry’s availability and keeping us informed of where he’s at, so we are grateful to Mauricio [Pochettino] for that.

“Jack is a player we feel has a lot of class and has now started to get more 90 minutes under his belt, and we think it’s a good moment to bring him back into the squad.”