Ferdinand backs Southgate decision to drop Arsenal star Wilshere

Elena Summers
June 11, 2018

England play Costa Rica this evening at Elland Road in their last warm-up match before they head to Russian Federation for the World Cup, and manager Gareth Southgate has promised that all six Yorkshiremen in his squad will get a run out in Leeds.

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

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".

Limited playing time at Manchester United last season has added to striker Marcus Rashford's frustration but the England worldwide believes he will be ready to make his mark at the World Cup. "Sometimes, there is a perception of the players that comes from people not really knowing them and their back story and you see people for a short period of time", Southgate said. "I do not see him starting the first game for England, but I can see him having an impact at some point in the tournament". "Even with Wayne Rooney, Becks [Beckham] in 2002, it can destabilise a squad".


Southgate made widespread alterations in a bid to test his options and for the most part was rewarded with an encouraging display, with Rashford superbly opening the scoring before Danny Welbeck came off the bench to secure a 2-0 win against underwhelming Costa Rica. "However small it is, it does spread".

"So the argument for him to go is less when you're looking at those kind of arguments against him".

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

"And I don't think he gets those numbers so is he going to play a holding role?". Is he experienced in that position? Dier does it for Spurs.

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