England manager Sam Allardyce says Jack Wilshere must improve his game time in order to reignite his international career. The Arsenal midfielder was omitted from the first squad of Allardyce's tenure for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia after having started just one Premier League game since May 2015.
Sky Sports understands the 24-year-old has been made available for a loan and will be offloaded during the remaining two days of the summer transfer window prior to the 11pm deadline on 31 August. Wilshere has made two substitute appearances this term having spent much of last season out with a broken leg.
While Allardyce gave a maiden call-up to West Ham United's Michail Antonio, there was no place for Wilshere despite having been included in England's European Championship squad in the summer. Amid rumours Wilshere will be offloaded by Arsenal, Allardyce has indicated only increased playing time will see him earn a recall for his country.
"Jack just hasn't had enough game time," he told reporters, according to The Independent. "Hopefully he will get that in the future at Arsenal. If Jack Wilshere was playing every week for Arsenal, he would be in the squad. But, unfortunately, he isn't.
"It is game time for him and it has been few and far between because he has had too many injuries, unfortunately. It is a question of game time and the contribution he is making to Arsenal. He is not doing that at the moment so I left him out."
Wilshere's injury plight has not been helped by Arsenal signing a high-profile midfielders in each of the last two transfer windows. Mohamed Elneny arrived from FC Basel last January before Granit Xhaka was signed from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer.
The Daily Mail understands Arsene Wenger will make two further signings before the end of the transfer window, in the form of defender Shkodran Mustafi and forward Lucas Perez in deals worth a combined £50m ($65m, €58.5m).