Jack Wilshere admits being left out of Sam Allardyce’s England squad was the spur he needed to join Bournemouth on loan from Arsenal.
The 24-year-old, who joined the Gunners aged 10, has played the full 90 minutes of the Cherries’ last two Premier League games after a series of lengthy injuries prevented him from doing the same for Arsenal for two years.
The 24-year-old claims that the decision to leave him out of the England team “hurt” him and he is more determined than ever to come back.
“When the England squad was announced and I wasn’t in it, it hurt me,” he told Sky Sports.
“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.”