Eddie Howe says speculation linking him with England was not a distraction in the build-up to Bournemouth’s draw at Watford.
During the week the Cherries boss played down suggestions he would be Sam Allardyce’s successor, and he repeated his focus was on Bournemouth after today’s Premier League clash.
“It’s been the easiest thing in the world for me,” Howe said. “Football and the day-to-day workings of the job are what I love to do.
“So, no disrespect, I don’t take a blind bit of notice of anything that is written or said because I have to focus on the football and the players I have here.”
Wilshere missed out on Allardyce’s one and only England squad and did little to enhance his prospects of a return for the World Cup qualifiers with Malta and Slovakia.
The on-loan Arsenal midfielder twice hit the outside of the post, the second time from six yards out with the goal gaping after Adam Smith’s cross from the right.
But Howe said: “The pleasing thing for us is that Jack’s getting in goal-scoring positions. With his class and his quality there’s no doubt he’ll be scoring goals for this team in the future.
“The last two games he’s improved as the game has gone on. He’s grown into the game.
“I felt that was the same today. His influence grew. And I think he’s going to be a massive player for us.”