On-loan Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed the news that he had been left out of the first England squad after Euro 2016 came as his motivation to leave parent club Arsenal, reported the Mail.
Wilshere joined the south coast club on transfer deadline day after a nightmare year on the sidelines with injury. The move came as something of a surprise, but in the in-depth interview, Wilshere confirmed that it was his decision to leave the Emirates and find himself "a fresh start" outside of London.
Reflecting on that lack of an England call from former boss Sam Allardyce, he said: "It was the final straw. It hurt not being in there.
"There were a lot of midfielders and the manager brought another one in (at Arsenal). I'd been injured for a while, and I was thinking I was at a stage of my career where I needed to play. I'm 24 and I've already missed too much football, and if I want to get to where I want to be it'd be no good coming off the bench in every game."
He went on to state that the decision was made quickly by him to move elsewhere for the good of his career, even while he wasn't able to sit down and talk with manager Arsene Wenger about the move.
"I actually sent him (Wenger) a text to begin with. I said I wanted to come in and speak to him. He said he wasn't around for a few days with it being international week. But he told me to call him and I did.
"We spoke a couple of times that day. It was the Monday and the transfer window was closing on the Wednesday so we didn't have long to sort something out. But I'd decided that I couldn't have a season where I'm not starting. I spoke to the boss and he said, 'You will play'. But I wanted more than that. I want to play week in, week out, be an important player for the team.
"I'm at my best when I'm playing regularly, when people are relying on me and I'm an important member of the team. I said to the boss, 'You know what kind of player I am, what type of character I am, I need to play, it would be best if I leave'."
Wilshere joined Bournemouth on transfer deadline day and has been in better form since, completing 90 minutes for the first time in over two years last weekend.
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