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Jack Wilshere almost retired from football

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jack Wilshere of West Ham United is seen with his children during a lap of appreciation after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton FC at London Stadium on May 04, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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Injury and son’s illness forced Jack Wilshere into considering retirement but the Englishman has put all that behind him.

Jack Wilshere has revealed that he was almost on the verge of retiring from the game for good. The midfielder was once considered one of the rising talents in English football but injuries and inconsistent displays hindered his progress.

And Wislhere says that his son’s illness was one of the reasons why he never really managed his initial injury worries. Wilshere’s son, Archie suffered from seizures. The illness was so devastating that Wilshere stopped caring about football.

During the 2015/16 season, the former Arsenal man was out for eight months. The calf injury began the whole episode with the England international never fully recovering from it.

‘I’ve had different types of injuries and types of injuries that have affected me different mentally, Wilshere states while speaking to Daily Mail.

‘I always think about one injury and it always plays in my head. It was in 2016, maybe 2015, and I picked up an injury in training. It was tough to take because I was making my way back to where I wanted to be and all of a sudden my four-year-old son was having seizures on the floor.

‘It happened time and time and time again, every day for maybe three or four months and there were times when in the middle of the night I’d be rushing to hospital.

‘Me and my wife would sit up most nights because most of the seizures were happening at night. So we’d put him to bed but most of the time we couldn’t sleep because we didn’t know what was happening with him, so we’d just sit up.

‘I just forgot about football. I remember saying to my wife, “I’m not sure I can do this anymore.”

However, Wilshere is now keen to put everything behind him and is looking to resurrect his career.

‘I want to play for as long as possible. I genuinely do love football, it’s my life. It’s my kids’ life, it’s my family’s life, we’re a football family. My goal is to get back in the team and win as many games as possible. At the moment that is all I’m focused on.’