Ferdinand backs Southgate decision to drop Arsenal star Wilshere

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The 19-year-old was named in Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation after a breakthrough season for his club that included 33 appearances.

After a season-long loan at Bournemouth, Wilshere returned to Arsenal a year ago where he forced his way back into Arsene Wenger's first team, featuring in 27 appearances.

Despite England's dominance Vardy had just one half-chance, in the first half, when the ball took an age to come down after bouncing to him in front of goal and Costa Rica goalkeeper Navas bravely smothered the Leicester striker's shot.

When asked if Southgate should have included Wilshere in his 23-man England squad, Betfair ambassador Ferdinand told Mirror Football: "I didn't disagree with the midfield choices that he took. He can count on all the others physically".


"Until there is an official announcement whereby I'm not playing then I will keep fighting and I'll keep pushing and staking my claim to be the No.1, regardless of shirt number", said Butland. I don't think he's influenced enough games in the way them guys probably have over a long, sustained period of time.

Wilshere is infamously injury-prone, and Ferdinand believes that this would have made him a risky addition to the squad.

"In previous squads, I've not seen that".

Stones started in the middle of Gareth Southgate's preferred back three between Harry Maguire and Phil Jones and was only troubled once in an assured display before being replaced by Gary Cahill in the 65th minute. And that little bit of uncertainty, however small that is, can spread in the team sometimes.


"Jack has got great talent, don't get me wrong". And likewise with assists. "He doesn't get those numbers".

Rose put his revelations this week about his battle against depression behind him to turn in an impressive display in the left wing-back role.

"Is he going to play a holding role? ". Is he experienced in that position? "[Eric] Dier does it effectively for Spurs".


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