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Wilshere back in favour with England

Press AssociationPress Association 6/11/2016 Rory Dollard

Jack Wilshere's decision to join Bournemouth on loan has been vindicated after the midfielder was handed an England recall for the Wembley dates against Scotland and Spain.

The 24-year-old was a conspicuous absentee from England's two get-togethers since Euro 2016, dumped first by the departed Sam Allardyce and then by his interim replacement Gareth Southgate.

But, having taken the hard decision to leave Arsenal for a less glamorous life at the Vitality Stadium, he has rebuilt both form and fitness sufficiently to win over Southgate.

Having gone almost two years without completing a top-flight match, he has now played every minute of the Cherries' last three games and returns in an expanded 25-man squad.

His case was helped by a knee injury to Dele Alli, whose Tottenham teammate Harry Kane is also back after making a goalscoring return from ankle trouble in Sunday's north London derby.

"Of course Jack Wilshere is a player that we feel has a lot of class and is now starting to get more 90-minutes under his belt. It's a good moment to bring him back into the squad," Southgate told FATV.

"It's been important for him to get some regular football for Bournemouth and I've watched him a couple of times in the last couple of weeks. We know the quality he possesses and it's good for him to know we have that belief in him and that we want him in the squad.

"Harry's a proven goalscorer at every level. Obviously he's at an early stage of coming back from quite a long injury but we saw today the desire he has and the knack of being in the right place at the right time."

Southgate's four-game stint at the helm is due to end after Friday's World Cup qualifier against the Scots and the friendly that follows four days later, meaning this could be his final time in charge of the national squad.

But the bookmakers make him favourite to continue in a permanent capacity and good results at HQ in the coming days would help him build a compelling case.

While Alli's absence, as well as those of Manchester United pair Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw, means he is not at full strength, there has been plenty of good fitness news too.

Liverpool pair Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne, fresh from helping the Reds to the top of the Premier League table, are fit again after missing last month's qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia, as is Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling withdrew from those matches after initially being named but he was rested by his club at the weekend and is primed for action.

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