Former Arsenal star slams Gareth Southgate for picking Harry Maguire in England World Cup squad

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Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has slammed Gareth Southgate for picking Manchester United defender Harry Maguire in England’s World Cup squad.

Wilshere told talkSPORT: “It’s tough because I can see a club manager having favourites, but I think it’s hard doing that internationally.

“Firstly, you don’t see them a lot. I was listening to the show when I was driving in and it was Adrian Durham saying that when he’s played for England he hasn’t put a foot wrong and he’s right, but I don’t think that’s enough to get you in the starting XI.

“He will play. Harry will play, that’s almost 100 per cent because of the way that Gareth sees him.

“It’s difficult to have favourites at international level. He’s obviously not playing at Manchester United for a reason, the manager has come in and he’s seen that he’s not good enough to play in that team, but he’s good enough to play in England’s team, so it’s difficult finding that balance.

“I’m not sure if I’d play him or not. If he does play, he’d have to play in a back three, but there’s other centre-backs ahead of him, especially Tomori who isn’t even on the plane. He’s definitely ahead of him.”