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Jack Wilshere Rips Critic Who Said He Shouldn't Be in England's World Cup Squad

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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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:

Matt Law @Matt_Law_DT

What on earth is Jack Wilshere doing releasing statements he should be in the World Cup squad? He is a prime example of a footballer ignoring good advice and let down by bad advice or no advice at all. Shame he left a good agent and ignored others who wanted to help him.

That tweet did not go down well with Wilshere:

Jack Wilshere @JackWilshere

And what would you know about me or who gives me advice? Because i believe i should be in the squad means I'm being self indulgent? You know nothing. https://t.co/Nt2jERAnbS

Here's Wilshere's original statement:

Jack Wilshere @JackWilshere

Think its about time I had my say... It goes without saying that I’m naturally incredibly disappointed to have been left out of the England squad for the World Cup. I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad!

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: 

Max Rushden @maxrushden

@Matt_Law_DT Seems like he’s saying he’s disappointed, reckons he could have done a job and he wishes them well - which all seems pretty 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.

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