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2017-03-17 18:03:00 Views : 313 Source: ICS

Howe puzzled by England selection

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is baffled about why Jack Wilshere was left out of the England squad by new head coach Gareth Southgate.

Wilshere, who is on a season-long loan from Arsenal, was not included in the 26-man line-up to face Germany and Lithuania while West Brom's Jake Livermore was handed a shock call-up.
Howe feels Wilshere has answered his critics by overcoming his well-documented fitness issues and deserved to be involved again.
"It is very difficult to put any other hat on than the Bournemouth hat, so am I surprised? Yes, because of the quality of the player Jack is, but I am not looking at the (England) squad in terms of who else there is to pick from," Howe said at a press conference.
"I have been very consistent (with my thoughts) throughout the season. I think Jack has performed really well for us.
"The only question mark hanging over him before coming here was his ability to play consecutive games to keep fit, and I think he has done that.
"I still feel there is a lot more to come as he continues to get back to his very highest levels, so we have been very pleased with him."


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