Wenger: Wilshere deserves England call

English Premier League

The midfielder has been in fine form since returning from injury late last year and underlined his abilities with an impressive display and goal in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

And with the Russia finals just six months away, Wenger believes Wilshere has done enough to warrant a place in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad.

"I think he is at the level now where not many people expected him to be," Wenger said.

"When was the last time he played for England? Exactly, against Iceland [at Euro 2016], he came on.

"Since he has not played for England and I would say that means that everybody had given up on him. Today, nobody would be surprised if he was selected again.

"So that means instances of us being criticised for that, I think first of all he deserves a great credit for remarkable strength and we do as well."