Palace boss Hodgson opens up on links to Jack Wilshere

Kristopher Nichols
November 12, 2017

Dixon says Wilshere's cause also isn't helped by Southgate and Arsene Wenger disagreeing on his most suitable position.

And Merson believes Wilshere must consider leaving Arsenal in January to push for a place in England's squad for the World Cup next summer.

The England global has returned from a broken leg to make a solid start to the season at the north London club despite finding his first-team opportunities somewhat limited. Maybe that is because Wilshere has been at the club since before he was a teenager and that he is actually an Arsenal fan as well, but also because of the incredible ability that we know he has and all the bad luck that has dogged his playing career so far. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele Alli and Adam Lallana.

Gareth Southgate, who also attempted to call up Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater only to be informed that he was not fit enough to feature, has reiterated that Wilshere must be playing regularly in order to force his way back into the global fold, while also claiming that he is being deployed out of position at no.10 at club level. But good luck to Jack, I think he is an outstanding player and I have got nothing but respect for him.

"I don't think Jack is a ten", he told Sky Sports News. Southgate holds him in high esteem but his slide down the Arsenal pecking order and the difference of opinion over his deployment means he may need a new club, a new position or both in January.

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"You'd have to ask Arsene why he wasn't at Arsenal last year and you'd have to ask Eddie why he played him as a 10 last year". But at the same time, [Jesse] Lingard has started less games than Wilshere.

"Now you are telling me we have been linked with him, but by who?"

"I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player".

"It's not ideal for Gareth because I'm sure he wanted to try a few things out and he's had a lot of pull-outs", Dixon said on ITV.

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