Arsenal's injured duo Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck have received a massive boost with regards to their chances of making the England squad for the European Championships in France in the summer. They are set to attend a meeting along with 38 other English players, who have been called up to discuss the past matches as well as to formulate a plan ahead of the Euros.
According to talkSPORT, Wilshere and Welbeck are yet to kick a ball in anger for the Gunners this season due to knee and foot injury respectively, but with being on the mend, they have been allowed by the club to take part in the meeting as they firmly remain in the plans of Roy Hodgson. The former is back on the training pitch after a setback delayed his comeback, while the latter is close to a return to the first-team after making an appearance for the Arsenal U21 side in order to build match fitness.
There is, however, bad news for Manchester United star Luke Shaw, who suffered a double fracture in September, and he is set to miss the meeting along with Danny Ings, who is also ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury. According to the Mirror, the England manager is willing to give Wilshere extra time to prove his fitness as he still considers him an important part of the squad, but the Red Devils defender is likely to miss out as the manager is unsure of his fitness levels even if he manages to return from the horrific leg break.
Hodgson believes it is an important meeting between all the players and the staff ahead of their friendlies against Germany and Netherlands in March, while also focusing on the Euros in June this year.
"We've got a very important meeting at St George's Park on February 11, for which a lot of work has been done. We tried to get a similar meeting together last year but we weren't able to arrange that outside the FIFA dates," Hodgson said, as quoted by talkSPORT.
"This time we've been able to make that happen as a result of Martin Glenn's conversations with the Premier League. I'd like to thank the clubs and managers for allowing us to hold this meeting."
"It's very good that I will get to see the players between the matches we played in November and the matches we'll play in March as it's an awful long time not to see the players."
"It will be a great opportunity to speak to them with a lot of video back up about the principles that we've actually been working on over the last two years including what we're trying to do on the ball, what we're trying to do without the ball, what are the values that we regard as important and also to discuss our general plans around the Euros," the Three Lions manager explained.