Jack Wilshere says it was a “great feeling” to be back playing for Arsenal, even though he was left ruing the Gunners’ 0-0 draw at Sunderland on Sunday.

Wilshere came on as a late substitute for his first appearance of the season after recovering from a fractured ankle, boosting his hopes of earning a spot in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the European Championship.

“It was a great feeling. This is what I have worked all year for. It is massive for me,” Wilshere told the BBC after the game.

Arsenal were held to a disappointing draw for the third time in four games, and now face a tight fight for a top-four spot with three matches remaining.

“When we watch the video back we will think we should have won,” Wilshere said. “We were the better team and played some great stuff leading up to the final third but I think we should be more clinical.”

Wilshere had played three games with Arsenal’s under-21s as he stepped up his comeback, and he insisted he is fit enough to play for England at the Euros this summer.

“Of course I want to go and be involved. I feel I am ready to push for that place,” the midfielder said. “Now I am on the pitch with the first team, we have three more games left so hopefully I can get more minutes.”