Arsenal star Jack Wilshere is confident of proving his fitness ahead of England’s Euro 2016 campaign.
The midfielder along with Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, featured in Sunday’s 2-1 friendly victory over Turkey at the Etihad Stadium, with Wilshere playing 66 minutes before being replaced by Henderson for the remainder of the game.
Wilshere and Henderson have endured injury-ravaged seasons but with England manager Roy Hodgson naming an initial 26-man squad to begin his Euro preparations, both still have time to earn places in the final 23.
Wilshere’s start in Manchester was only his second of the campaign for club or country after fracturing his fibula during Arsenal’s pre-season programme last summer.
The 24-year-old said: “It felt good to be back. It’s a special feeling and I’m happy.
“There’s a lot of players I haven’t played with before. It’s a different team – a good team, a hungry team – and it felt good to be involved in it.
“I feel I am ready for 90 minutes now, I wouldn’t be here otherwise. I have played a few games now and I think the next step for me is 90 minutes. As each game goes on I feel better and better.
“Medically I’m fine now. I have been training for five or six weeks. Maybe I need that five or 10 per cent of match-fitness but we’ve got two more games (friendlies) and hopefully I can get that.”