It is not only the Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern cheering reports in the Daily Mirror that Jack Wilshere is continuing his return from injury this afternoon.
For once, the club rivalries that fill our halls with (somewhat) light hearted jests have been put aside with a view to England’s Euro 2016 campaign.
Having not appeared for the Gunners’ first-team all season following an ankle injury picked up on the eve of the Community Shield, there had been worries the playmaker would not be ready for this summer’s showpiece in France.
However, the midfielder was handed a second run out in the reserve team within a week or so on Thursday afternoon against Swansea’ second string.
It is likely to be a major boost for Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson, who is said to be keen to take the talented 24-year old with him to the European Championships.
He has not played at national level since scoring twice in June’s 3-2 win over Slovenia, though has been a regular under Hodgson since the World Cup in 2014.
Danny Drinkwater has staked a claim for the deep-lying playmaker role thanks to his outstanding form for table toppers Leicester this season, though many expect the Arsenal ace to be first-choice in that particular berth as long as he is fit.
It is claimed club boss Arsene Wenger could give him another run out against West Bromwich Albion later this week as he ramps up effort to play at the top level before the end of the season.
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