​West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere has discussed the challenges he faced during an injury-hit first season with West Ham United, admitting he did not feel part of the team.

After his contract with Arsenal expired in the summer of 2018, the 34-cap England international elected to join the Hammers on a free transfer. However, he sustained damage to his ankle less than a month into the 2018/19 campaign and was restricted to just ten appearances in all competitions as a result.

Manuel Pellegrini

Nevertheless, Wilshere is back in Manuel Pellegrini's first-team plans, featuring in two ​Premier League games so far this term, whilst also getting a start and a goal in Tuesday's League Cup victory at Newport County.

Speaking to the ​Daily Mail about his debut season with ​West Ham, the 27-year-old explained: "It's difficult when you come to a new club. You want to have a period of time in the team.

"It was frustrating and I didn't feel I was part of the team. It was important for me to have a good pre-season, stay around the boys and be training and improving every day.

"I've done that, so I feel good. I just want to play as many games as possible."

Wilshere grabbed the opener in the Irons' 2-0 win at Rodney Parade, capitalising on a mistake from the Welsh side to open his account for West Ham.

However, the ​Arsenal youth product was overlooked by Gareth Southgate for his nation's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo in September, the coach instead prioritising up-and-coming stars as Mason Mount and James Maddison both got the nod.