Wilshere 'desperate' to face Scotland despite Manchester United looming large

Arsenal play host to Louis van Gaal’s side on Saturday but the midfielder says his family would not forgive him if he sat out England’s trip to Glasgow on Tuesday


Jack Wilshere is “desperate” to play for England against Scotland on Tuesday, despite Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United taking place just four days later.

Wilshere featured for the full 90 minutes as England kept up their 100 per cent record in qualifying for Euro 2016 with a 3-1 victory over Slovenia on Saturday.

Roy Hodgson is set to make a number of changes to his starting line-up but the Gunners midfielder holds the game in high regard despite its ‘friendly’ status and wants to be involved.

“I’m desperate to play,” he told reporters. “They are the games that every England player wants to be playing in.

“You ask any member of my family or anyone who knows what it’s like and they’d never forgive me if I didn’t play. They will always say, England-Scotland, that it’s going to be a great atmosphere. I want to play in that.

“For me, it’s going to be a bit tougher than the Slovenia game; they’ll be a bit more up for it on their home ground so we’ll be ready for it.”

Wilshere expects an atmosphere akin to that of the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham in Glasgow on Tuesday.

“Of course [Scotland v England] has the same meaning,” he said. “We’ve got a manager who has been around for a few years and he knows what England-Scotland means.

“He’s given us a speech about England-Scotland and told us that, back in the day, it was the highlight of the season.

“It’s not going to be very friendly. We’ve got to be ready for that. It’ll be a bit like Arsenal-Tottenham, Liverpool-United, but we’re used to that as players.

“We played them at Wembley a couple of years ago and it wasn’t the friendliest then so we know what we’re in for.”

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