Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere hit back at a reporter on Friday following his statement about his exclusion of England's World Cup squad.
Matt Law of the Telegraph questioned Wilshere's statement, in which the footballer expressed his disappointment and belief he deserved a spot:
That tweet did not go down well with Wilshere:
Here's Wilshere's original statement:
Jack Wilshere @JackWilshere
And given the chance i could have made a real inpact. However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament. I will always be an England fan and will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation 🦁🦁🦁
Fans and pundits mostly sided with the 26-year-old, and Law took some criticism on social media, with many suggesting Wilshere's tweets were perfectly reasonable:
The midfielder returned to Arsenal at the start of the season after a loan spell with Bournemouth, and he initially appeared to be in line for a minor role. He became a regular in both the Premier League and Europa League, however, and stood out as one of the team's best options in the centre of the park.
Injuries have been a constant issue for Wilshere, and while he had his struggles this year as well, it was less of a hindrance than in previous years. That had many fans anticipating a return to the Three Lions, but Gareth Southgate opted not to take him to Russia.
Per the Mirror's Jacob Murtagh, the England manager explained he didn't pick him because his form worsened toward the end of the campaign. Instead, he called up Manchester City's Fabian Delph, who can also play as a full-back, adding some versatility to the squad.