Jack Wilshere hopes to make impact for Hammers before end of season

Jack Wilshere wants West Ham to secure European football this season following his return to full training.

After being left out due to ankle injury, it was feared the injury will rule out the midfielder for the season but the former Arsenal star just gave his fans and manager, Manuel Pellegrini a hope of assisting them before the season is over.

“That is the plan. I am back in full training – it has been a long time, frustrating but it was something I had to do after speaking to the specialists,” Wilshere told Sky Sports News.

“I am trying to get fit [but] it is not a great time to come back because you get fully fit, maybe play a couple of games and then the season finishes.

“It is going to be a big off-season for me as well but I am feeling good and I want to play again this [season].”

The 27-year-old Wilshere praised his boss Pellegrini for having led the club through a tough season with potential to secure Europa League qualification. He also stressed the change in mood around the London Stadium and says their stadium deserves to host European football.

“I think it was always going to be difficult because of last season, it wasn’t a great season for West Ham,” Wilshere said.

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“They obviously got a big-name manager in, who has won the Premier League and suddenly the expectations go through the roof.

“It was always difficult the first few games at home and people spoke about the stadium. I think that is one big thing he has done this year is to change the atmosphere around the stadium and the team have done well.

“We still need to finish strong and push for that Europa League place. Everyone is happy. We are playing better football and we have brought in good players so I am looking forward to getting back in there with the boys.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal controls the ball as Jack Wilshere of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

England started their European Qualifiers with strong 5-0 win against Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium and Wilshere added his only plan is to focus on being his best for Hammers.

“At the moment I am just concentrating on getting back [for West Ham]. I have been out for a long time – I haven’t been in an England squad for a long time.

“And I need to get back playing, back to my best and then you never know.”

 

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