Jack Wilshere has opened up on his decision to leave Arsenal on loan for the season.
The midfielder signed for Bournemouth on a season-long deal on transfer deadline day, and has since started in six Premier League games for the Cherries.
While competition for places at Arsenal was always going to be tough this season, Wilshere has revealed that it was his omission from Sam Allardyce’s first (and only) England squad that convinced him that he needed to leave the Emirates for a season to get his career back on track.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Wilshere said:
“When the England squad was announced and I wasn’t in it, it hurt me,” he said. “I want to be part of the England squad. I feel like I’m good enough, I can make a difference in the team and when I was left out, it sparked something in me.
“I thought ‘I need a change. I need to be part of a team where I’m going to play week in, week out, be an important member of the team and make a difference.
“The player I am and the character I am, to get the best out of me I need to feel responsibility and be part of a team that needs me, so that’s the main reason I came – to play football and prove to everyone I can play week in, week out.
“My body can take it and at the moment, I’m feeling good and it looks like a good decision.”
Wilshere was selected for England’s Euro 2016 squad by Roy Hodgson despite playing only 140 minutes for Arsenal all season, but has not been selected for an international squad since.
However, there is every possibility that he will be included when Gareth Southgate names his panel for the upcoming fixtures against Scotland and Spain in the coming days.