Gareth Southgate eases fears over Jack Wilshere injury after Arsenal star is left behind for England friendly

James Benge
Injury blow | Wilshere will miss the friendly in Amsterdam: AFP/Getty Images

Jack Wilshere has been left behind by England for their friendly against the Netherlands but Gareth Southgate has confirmed that the injury suffered by the Arsenal playmaker is “nothing too serious”.

Wilshere did not join the rest of the squad that flew out to Amsterdam this afternoon ahead of Friday night’s clash with the Dutch international team.

Considering the 26-year-old’s chequered injury history that led to fears that Wilshere could have suffered a major problem but Gareth Southgate said in his pre-match press conference that the injury was relatively minor.

“Jack felt some tendon in his knee,” Southgate said. “It’s something he’s felt before. It’s nothing too serious.

“Hopefully over the next couple of days that will settle down.

“It’s something that in the past has settled down quickly.”

It remains to be seen whether Wilshere will feature in England’s friendly against Italy on Tuesday at Wembley, where he said he is looking to “stake my claim” for a spot at the World Cup, though Southgate said he was "hopeful" the playmaker would feature.