Paul Merson tells Jack Wilshere to leave Gunners and join AC Milan

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Wilshere's career has been hampered by injuries and the midfielder has not played for England since the 2-1 loss to Iceland at Euro 2016.

Former Bournemouth loanee Wilshere has been nearly exclusively limited to Carabao Cup and Europa League duty by Arsene Wenger so far this season, making just two brief top-flight substitute cameos against Everton and Manchester City.

The 25-year-old has been predominantly used as a number 10 by Wenger, but Southgate said he saw his best position as a deep-lying playmaker.

Indeed, Gareth Southgate has asserted that Wilshere must feature week in week out in order to make his squad for next summer's tournament, and stuck to his word when he ignored the Arsenal midfielder this week even after Jordan Henderson, Harry Winks and Dele Alli pulled out of global duty. "That is not the way we are playing".

Hodgson has made no secret of his admiration for Wilshere, who spent the majority of last season away from his parent club in a spell with Bournemouth, for whom he made twenty-seven appearances. But we are not playing with a 10 tomorrow [against Germany on Friday]. I am happy with where I am, playing-wise.

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"I don't think Jack is a 10".

"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".

The midfielder made his global debut back in 2010 but injuries have reduced him to just 34 caps. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual.

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