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Published: 10:36 | 9/4/16

Wilshere boosted by "encouraging" Hodgson

Arsenal midfielder hopes to make England's Euro 2016 squad

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says England manager Roy Hodgson has been "encouraging" about his chances of making the Euro 2016 finals.

The 24-year-old has yet to feature for the Gunners this season after breaking a leg in August, but played for 65 minutes of Friday's 3-1 Under-21 win over Newcastle at the Emirates.

"I spoke to the England manager, I know what I need to do to get in, and that is the target," he said.

"He was really encouraging.

"I know what he wants from me and he knows what he gets from me as well, so that is why he has been really positive and wants me involved."

Wilshere hasn't played a competitive senior game since England's 3-2 win over Slovenia in June, a match in which he scored twice, but the Arsenal playmaker accepts that he needs to play Premier League football this season to have any chance of making Hodgson's 23-man squad for France.

Arsenal have six matches to play in the Premier League this season, before Hodgson announces his squad on 12 May, three days before the final day of the season.

"I have said before I want to go to the Euros and I know that I have to get back into the Arsenal team. I have to persuade the England manager and Arsene Wenger that I should play," Wilshere told www.arsenal.com.

"I felt good. It is nice to be back at Emirates Stadium and play my first game. I know that I’m not there yet, not quite ready to play in the first team but it is another step closer to my fitness.

"You can train as much as you want, but the toughest thing is getting competition ready with the players and this all helps."

Tomas Rosicky also featured in the win against Newcastle as he continues his rehabilitation from a thigh injury.

"He [Rosicky] looked sharp," Wilshere added.

"He still has that change of pace over those first five yards and he can still play the final ball. He was looking sharp."

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