Gareth Southgate has told Jack Wilshere he cannot see him getting in his England squad if he cannot even tie down a spot at Arsenal.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said this week that the 25-year-old midfielder should be recalled by the Three Lions boss.
Yet Wilshere has been left out of the squad to face Germany and Brazil.
Southgate had his say on Wilshere at his Wembley press conference on Thursday.
‘I don’t know how you can get in an England squad without getting in an Arsenal team,’ Southgate said.
‘There’s no question in our mind about Jack Wilshere’s ability and his football brain and his personality.
‘We just need to see him playing regular League football before we think it’s right to put him back in. With him, there’s been unfortunately a history of injuries.
‘We want to make sure he is robust enough before we bring him in. I did have a conversation with Arsene on Saturday because we think his ability is that of a top player. For me, it’s just about game time.’
Manchester United’s Chris Smalling has also been omitted from the squad. On that, Southgate said: ‘I have huge respect for Chris. I think he’s a player who is obviously playing at a big club.
‘We want to play a certain way and the players who are brought in, I want to see them using the ball from the back, building up a certain way, and that’s the style I want to have a look at.
‘There are some young players who this is a good opportunity. I know what Chris can do. There are some young defenders who haven’t got as many games under their belt.
‘So this is a great chance to look at them and see how they can play at this level.’