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Gareth Southgate Says Jack Wilshere is Playing Out of Position… Fans Say He’s Talking Nonsense

Gareth Southgate Says Jack Wilshere is Playing Out of Position… Fans Say He’s Talking Nonsense

England manager Gareth Southgate criticised Arsene Wenger‘s decision to play Jack Wilshere as a number 10 yesterday, however, fans on Twitter aren’t having it.

Southgate snubbed the Gunners midfielder for his squad to play Germany and Brazil over the next few days, instead calling on the uncapped Burnley midfielder Jack Cork and West Bromwich Albion’s Jake Livermore.

And while the Three Lions boss has said before that Wilshere needs to be in and around the Arsenal team to make an impact for his country, he now claims that despite increasing his game time, he’s not playing in the right position.

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“Jack played as a number 10 all of last season on loan at Bournemouth,” Southgate told reporters on Thursday.

“That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele and (Adam) Lallana. But we are not playing with a 10 tomorrow.”

He added, “I don’t think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper.

“You’d have to ask Arsene (Wenger, the Arsenal manager) why that was.”

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“But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I’m hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him.”

Not that anyone on Twitter is buying the ex-Middlesbrough boss:

 

England take on Germany at Wembley this evening before hosting Brazil on Tuesday night.

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